The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Sports Diplomacy Division, of the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for the FY 2021 International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI).
U. S. public and private non-profit organizations
meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C.
501(c)(3) may submit proposals to manage sports exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs.
These exchanges between the United States and select countries will be reciprocal exchanges that employ sports to address the Sport for Social Change theme outlined below.
The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities.
Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U. S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.
The focus of all programs must be on both male and female youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators.
Programs designed to train elite athletes or coaches are ineligible under C.
3. Other Eligibility Requirements.
Please see the full announcement for additional details.