International Exchange Alumni Programs

As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers,
professionals, students, and educators.

ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society ? including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals ? increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans.



The purpose of International Exchange Alumni Programs is to advance U.S.

foreign policy by building and maintaining relationships with current and future leaders who have participated in international exchanges.

Alumni engagement is an integral component of the U.S.

Department of State?s public diplomacy that generates maximum return on the U.S.

government?s investment in exchange programs.

Alumni programs aim to unite alumni communities around the globe and foster post-exchange opportunities through follow-on activities, virtual engagement, funding opportunities and resources, and regional programs.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 15,106   2019-03-152019-12-31
Redacted Due To Pii $ 10,000   2018-10-012019-09-30
Storycenter $ 26,000   2018-09-252019-09-30
Redacted Due To Pii $ 20,320   2018-09-242019-09-24
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 21,388   2017-09-252018-09-25
Individual Recipient $ 13,693   2017-09-012018-08-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 24,848   2017-09-042018-04-30
Individual Recipient $ 16,000   2017-08-082018-02-28
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 19,840   2017-08-042017-12-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 36,256   2017-09-052017-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) Program supports regional or sub-regional enrichment seminars for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs focusing on thematic topics that support U.S. foreign policy priorities and foster a shared sense of identity, networking, and dialogue among participating alumni. To support efforts of alumni to apply their international exchange and seminar experience with their communities, participants are eligible to compete for a small grants opportunity of up to $10,000 per project following the seminar. Approximately 130 U.S. alumni of various ECA exchange programs participated in four seminars in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

With approximately 1,000,000 alumni worldwide, ECA is committed to providing resources to sustain engagement with and harness the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise of these current and emerging leaders.

Working closely with Department of State regional bureaus and U. S. embassies worldwide, ECA supports alumni programs that are strategic, responsive to U. S. embassy priorities, and designed to reinforce U. S. foreign policy objectives.

To best address those objectives, ECA focuses alumni programs on policy priority topics relating to civic engagement, social inclusion, education diplomacy, English language learning, environmental security, entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, and good governance. In addition to providing expertise, training, and support for on-the-ground alumni activities led by U. S. embassies and consulates around the world, ECA maintains a robust, targeted virtual engagement system.

One of the key ways the office currently unites and engages the alumni community virtually is through the International Exchange Alumni website (alumni.state.gov), an exclusive, password-protected on line global community, which serves as the Department of State?s official website for U. S. government-sponsored exchange alumni.

The site offers alumni a place to network and connect with other alumni, share news, and access resources such as grants and research databases. Funding provided to a non-profit organization supports regional or sub-regional enrichment seminars for exchange alumni, which focus on thematic topics that support U. S. foreign policy priorities and foster a sense of shared identity, networking, and dialogue among participating alumni.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S.

Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions.

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include recipient organizations, educational institutions, other non-government organizations (NGOs) that meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), as well as sponsored participants, and the American people and the people of participating countries who interact with the international participants.

Credentials/Documentation

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E Cost Principles under Special Considerations for States, Local Governments, and Indian Tribes applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600, entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program, . Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State's website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.

Award Procedures

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau?s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient?s responsible officer identified in the application.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended., Title 87, Part 256.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement.

As stated in Grants.gov announcement.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements, a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific-audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx ) for additional guidance.

Records

The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx ) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $750,000; FY 17 est $750,000; and FY 18 est $750,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$750,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. . For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Megan Huber 2200 C Street NW, SA-05, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: HuberME@state.gov Phone: 202-632-9487

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.



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