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FY 2020 International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)

Grants to USA Nonprofits for USA and International
Youth Sports Exchange Programs

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Sports Diplomacy Division

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for overseas exchange sports programs involving USA and international youth from eligible countries. Applicants are advised that the necessary registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that emphasize sports activities for underserved youth, including people with disabilities. In light of the Beijing 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games taking place during the implementation phase,
organizations are encouraged to propose exchange programs with an emphasis on Paralympic and adaptive sports.

Applicant organizations are invited to submit one application to administer one Cooperative Agreement which consists of at least four two-way exchange programs (four groups of foreign participants traveling to the United States, and four groups of American participants traveling overseas), each lasting a minimum of two-weeks (inclusive of travel), under the Sport for Social Change theme. Each of the approximately four cooperative agreements will support approximately 45 foreign youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches from one of the regions listed (East Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; Near East and North Africa; South and Central Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; or Western Hemisphere) and support approximately 45 American youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches from all across the United States. Overall, the foreign participants can come from a designated country or multiple countries from the same regional group. Final country selections will be determined after the award has been issued in consultation with the ECA Program Officer and the Department’s Regional Bureaus. 

The award recipient organization may conduct up to two of the four two-way exchange programs. The award recipient organization must also oversee and monitor at least two additional subaward recipient organizations to conduct the remaining two-way exchange programs. Each of the two-way exchange programs are required to last approximately two-weeks in duration, inclusive of travel, but can last longer, if possible. Through the cooperative agreement, the award recipient organization will be responsible for the management and oversight of the four two-way exchange programs and for the oversight of the subaward recipient organizations that implement the programs. 

Audience: The intended audiences are non-elite youth (approximately 15 years old and above) and coaches and/or administrators (approximately 23 years old and above). Participants will include women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The program will work with coaches/sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and non-governmental organizations in communities in the countries/regions specified to reach these intended audiences. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 153615

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Approximate Average Award: $550,000, pending the availability of FY 2020 funds.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Award Date: September 15, 2020, pending the availability of FY 2020 funds.
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 30, 2022.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private nonprofit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Experience in Conducting International Exchanges: ECA grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in ECA funding. ECA anticipates making multiple awards in the amount of $550,000 per cooperative agreement to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates/Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, ECA encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost-sharing and funding in support of its programs.

Unique Entity Identifier Number: You are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. This number is a nine-digit identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. Please ensure that your UEI (Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS) number is included in formal application package.

Required Registration with the System for Award Management (SAM): All federal award applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database in order to submit a proposal in response to an open competition on

Applicants will be required to participate in a two-day grant orientation in Washington, D.C., facilitated by the program office. Organizations outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are invited to send two representatives to Washington, D.C. and should include costs for the program orientation (travel, local transportation, lodging, per diem) in the budget. The exact date of the orientation is to be determined but will be scheduled as early in the cooperative agreement period as possible. While ECA strongly encourages all award recipients to make every effort to attend, any organization unable to send a representative in person can be included via teleconference.

Proposals may address multiple countries, but all the countries must be in the same region.

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For questions about this announcement, contact:
Ryan Murphy
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Sports Diplomacy Division, ECA/PE/C/SU,
SA-5, Floor 4,
2200 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

(202) 632-6058

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