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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6893]

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program

Announcement Type:New Grant.

Funding Opportunity Number:ECA/PE/C/PY-10-28.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:19.415.

Application Deadline:March 31, 2010.

Executive Summary:The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program. 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 for a reciprocal exchange program between Indonesia and the United States. Applicants should plan to recruit and select between 24 and 34 youth and adult participants in Indonesia and in the United States and to provide the participants with a three-week exchange program in the partner country. The exchange activities will focus broadly on the themes of civic rights and responsibilities, leadership, respect for diversity, and community activism, and specifically on the theme of the environment. Activities will be geared toward preparing participants to conduct projects at home that serve a community need.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Authority:Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is "to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries * * *; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world." The funding authority for the program above is provided through legislation.

Purpose:The Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program enables teenagers (ages 15-17) and adult educators to participate in intensive, thematic, three-week-long exchanges in the United States and in Indonesia. Exchange activities must focus broadly on civic rights and responsibilities, leadership, respect for diversity, and community activism. The specific theme of the environment will be used as a tool to illustrate those concepts. Participants will be engaged in a variety of activities such as workshops, community and/or school-based programs, cultural activities, seminars and other activities designed to achieve the project's stated goals and objectives. Ample opportunities for American and Indonesian participants to interact with each other will be included.

The goals of the program are:

(1) To promote mutual understanding between the United States and the people of Indonesia;

(2) To develop a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth;

(3) To develop a cadre of community activists who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action; and

(4) To foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

Program Objective:To introduce students and educators to the host country's principles of democracy, civil society, diversity, and youth leadership, with an additional focus on volunteerism/community activism and peer education on environmental issues.

Applicants should identify their own specific objectives and measurable outcomes based on these program goals and the project specifications provided in this solicitation.

Applicants must demonstrate their capacity for doing projects of this nature, focusing on three areas of competency:(1) Provision of programs that address the goals and themes outlined in this document; (2) age-appropriate programming for youth; and (3) previous experience working with Indonesia. In addition to their U.S. presence, applicants, or their partner organizations, need to have the necessary capacity in Indonesia to recruit and select Indonesian participants for the program and to provide follow-on activities for them, and to provide a content-rich exchange program for the American participants. The partner organization must have a functioning office in Indonesia and an established track record of working with youth or on issues in Indonesian education. The representative(s) in Indonesia should have an active role in the preparation of the proposal submitted in response to this RFGP.

Guidelines:The grant will begin on or about August 1, 2010. The grant period will be approximately 16 to 20 months in duration, according to the applicant's program plan. Applicants should propose the timing of the two three-week exchanges (one to each country), which will take place between March and August 2011. Dates may be shifted by the mutual agreement of the Department and the grant recipient.

In pursuit of the goals outlined above, the program will include the following:

* Recruitment and selection of a diverse group of youth and adult educators in Indonesia and in the United States.

* Pre-departure and arrival orientations.

* Design and planning of exchange activities in the United States and in Indonesia that provide a creative and substantive program on the specified themes and offer a thorough introduction to the host country's culture.

* Logistical arrangements, including homestay arrangements and other accommodations, provisions for religious observance, disbursement of stipends, local travel, and travel between sites.

* Monitoring of the participants' safety and well-being while on the exchange.

* Follow-on activities in the participants' home countries designed to reinforce the ideas and skills imparted during the exchange program.

Recruitment and Selection:Once a grant is awarded, the grant recipient must consult with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and with the ECA program officer to review a recruitment and participant selection plan. Organizers must strive for regional and ethnic diversity within both Indonesia and the United States. Small groups of participants should be from the same town or region so that they can support one another in their projects upon their return home. The Department of State and/or its overseas representatives reserve final approval of all selected delegations.

Participants:Within the range of 24 to 34, an applicant should present the number of participants it expects to be able to accommodate based on its program design and budget. The Bureau wants a greater number of Indonesians than Americans to travel, as presented in the ranges below. Additional American participants may be included if supported by other sources of funding, but they must complete the same screening process for suitability as an exchange participant as the grant-funded participants do. The ratio of students to educators should be approximately 6:1.

The Indonesian participants will be 18 to 24 students and educators selected from a variety of schools--public (secular) schools, pesantrens (Islamic boarding schools), and non-Islamic parochial schools. Fluency in English should not be a requirement forselection, but some beginning English skills are desirable to enhance interaction with American peers. For educational activities, the grant recipient should be prepared to provide interpretation services appropriate to the project.

The American participants will be 6 to 10 high school students and educators that represent the diversity of the United States and who demonstrate an interest in Indonesia and the project themes.

Criteria for selection of all participants will be leadership skills, an interest in service to the community, strong academic and social skills, overall composure, and openness and flexibility. It is desirable that 2-4 participants attend or teach at the same school or live in the same community so that they can support each other upon return.

Exchange Activities:The exchanges may take place in one or two communities and should offer the participants exposure to the variety of lifestyles in the United States and Indonesia. The program should focus primarily on interactive activities, practical experiences, and other hands-on opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of a civil society, community service, tolerance and respect for diversity, and on building leadership skills. Suggestions include simulations and leadership training exercises plus other activities that reveal various aspects of the host country, such as group dialogues with peers, volunteer service projects, visits with community and government leaders, or a review of the role of the media. Visits to different types of educational institutions, such as pesantrans in Indonesia, should be a component of each exchange. In both the United States and Indonesia, homestays with local families must be arranged for a significant portion of the exchange period. All programming should include peers from the host country wherever possible. Cultural and recreational activities will balance the schedule. Please see the POGI for more details.

The American and Indonesian delegations should have an opportunity to meet and interact with each other for approximately one week. Applicants are urged to present creative plans for activities that will foster interaction between these participants.

Given the youth of the participants, the grant recipient will be required to provide proper staff supervision and facilitation to ensure that the Indonesian and American teenagers have safe and pedagogically robust programs while visiting the other country. Staff, along with the adult participants, will need to assist youth with cultural adjustments, to provide societal context to enhance learning, and to counsel students as needed. Applicants should describe their plans to meet these requirements in their proposals.

Follow-on Activities:The grant recipient is required to offer follow-on activities for the exchange alumni, particularly in facilitating continued engagement among the participants, advising and supporting them in the implementation of their community service projects, and offering opportunities to reinforce the lessons and themes of the exchange. Applicants should present creative and effective ways to address the project themes, for both program participants and their peers, as a means to amplify the program impact. Follow-up visits with alumni by project staff or trainers are recommended.

Proposals must demonstrate how the stated objectives will be met. The proposal narrative should provide detailed information on the major program activities, and applicants should explain and justify their programmatic choices. Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please be sure to refer to the complete Solicitation Package--this RFGP, the Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI), and the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI)--for further information.

II. Award Information

Type of Award:Grant Agreement.

Fiscal Year Funds:2010.

Approximate Total Funding:$275,000.

Approximate Number of Awards:One.

Anticipated Award Date:August 1, 2010.

Anticipated Project Completion Date:16-20 months after start date, to be specified by applicant based on project plan.

Additional Information:Pending successful implementation of the project and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, ECA reserves the right to renew grants for up to two additional fiscal years before openly competing grants under this program again.

III. Eligibility Information

III.1. Eligible applicants: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).

III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds:There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For accountability, you must maintain written records to support all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to be paid by the Federal government. Such records are subject to audit. The basis for determining the value of cash and in-kind contributions must be in accordance with OMB Circular A-110, (Revised), Subpart C.23--Cost Sharing and Matching. In the event you do not provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in the approved budget, ECA's contribution will be reduced in like proportion.

III.3. Other Eligibility Requirements:Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $60,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one award, in an amount up to $275,000 to support the 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. The Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

IV. Application and Submission Information
Dated: January 27, 2010. Maura M. Pally, Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.