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[Public Notice: 7255]

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP): International Sports Programming Initiative

Announcement Type:New Grant.

Funding Opportunity Number:ECA/PE/C/SU-11-15.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:19.415.

Key Dates

Application Deadline:Friday, January 28, 2011.

Executive Summary:The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the International Sports Programming Initiative. 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 projects designed to reach out to youth and promote mutual understanding by increasing the professional capacity of those who design and manage youth sports programs in select countries in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere. The focus of all programs must be on reaching out to both male and female youth ages 7-17 and/or their coaches/administrators. Programs designed to train elite athletes or coaches will not be considered. Eligible countries and territories in each region are:Africa:Botswana, Cameroon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, and Zambia;East Asia and the Pacific:Australia, Brunei, Burma, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Timor-Leste;Near East and North Africa:Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and West Bank/Gaza;South and Central Asia:Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan;Europe:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey; and theWestern Hemisphere:Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and a multi-country program that MUST include Guyana, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Proposals may address multiple countries, but all the countries must then be in the same region. PleaseseeSection III.3. for more information on eligibility requirements.Funding Under this Competition is pending the availability of FY 2011 funds.

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 Office of Citizen Exchanges welcomes proposals for two-way exchanges (one component in the United States and the other in the chosen country) that directly respond to the thematic areas outlined below. PleaseseeSection III.3. for more information on eligibility requirements.

Themes(1) Training Sports Coaches

Exchanges funded under this theme will focus on aiding youth and secondary school coaches in the target countries in the development and implementation of appropriate training methodologies. The goal is to ensure the optimal technical proficiency among the coaches participating in the program, while also emphasizing the role sports can play in the long-term well-being of youth.

(2) Youth Sports Management

Exchanges funded under this theme will enable American and foreign youth sport coaches, administrators, and sport association officials to share their experiences in managing and organizing youth sports activities. These exchanges should advance cross-cultural understanding of the role of sports as a significant factor in educational success.

(3) Sport and Disability

Exchanges funded under this theme are designed to promote and sponsor sports, recreation, fitness, and leisure events for children and adults with disabilities. Project goals include improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing affordable, inclusive sports experiences that build self-esteem and confidence, enhancing active participation in community life, and making a significant contribution to the physical and psychological health of people with disabilities. Proposals under this theme aim to demonstrate that people with a disability can be included in sports opportunities in their communities, and will develop opportunities for them to do so.

(4) Sport and Health

Exchanges funded under this theme will focus on effective and practical ways to use sports personalities and sports health professionals to increase awareness among young people of the importance of following a healthy lifestyle to reduce illness, prevent injuries and speed rehabilitation and recovery. Emphasis will be on the responsibility of the broader community to support healthy behavior. The project goals are to promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life. (Actual medical training and dispensing of medications are outside the purview of this theme.)

The pursuit of academic degrees from U.S. institutions is not an acceptable focus of this program. PleaseseeSection III.3. for more information on eligibility requirements.

No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes or for all countries listed.

Audience:The intended audience is non-elite youth, coaches, community leaders, and non-governmental organizations.

Ideal Program Model:The following are suggested program structures:

* A U.S. grantee identifies U.S. citizens to conduct a multi-location, in-country program overseas that includes clinics and training sessions for: male and female athletes; government officials (Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Education); coaches (adultand youth); NGO representatives (including representatives from relevant sports federations); community officials (including local authorities associated with recreational facilities); youth audiences (equal numbers of boys and girls); and sports management professionals to support one of the themes listed.

* An in-country partner overseas (a local university, government agency or other appropriate organization, such as a relevant sports federation) co-hosts an activity with the U.S. grantee institution, and participates in the selection of participants for a U.S. program.

* A U.S. program that includes site visits designed to provide participants with exposure to American youth and coaches, sports education in the United States, background information on U.S. approaches to the themes listed in the announcement, relevant cultural activities, and a debriefing and evaluation.

* U.S. experts who worked with participants from overseas implement an in-country program.

* Participants in the U.S. program design in-country projects and serve as co-presenters.

* Materials are translated into the relevant language for use in future projects.

* Small grants are dispersed for projects designed to expand the exchange experience.

* All participants are encouraged to enroll in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs' alumni Web site

U.S. Embassy Involvement:Applicants arestrongly encouragedto consult with Public Affairs Officers at U.S. Embassies in relevant countries as they develop proposals responding to this RFGP. It is important that the proposal narrative clearly state the applicant's commitment to consult closely with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the relevant country/countries to develop plans for project implementation, to select project participants, and to publicize the program through the media. Proposals should acknowledge U.S. Embassy involvement in the final selection of all participants.

Media:Proposals should include specific strategies for publicizing the project, both in the United States and overseas, as applicable. Sample materials can be included in the appendix. In any contact with the media (print, television, Web,etc.) applicants must acknowledge the SportsUnited Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State funding for the program. Prior to information being released to the media, the ECA Program Office(r) must approve the document. All grantees are required to submit photos, highlights, and/or media clips for posting on the ECA Web site:

Participant Selection:Proposals should clearly describe the types of persons that will participate in the program, as well as the participant recruitment and selection processes. It is a priority of the office to include female participants in all of its programs. In the selection of foreign participants, the Bureau and U.S. Embassies retain the right to review all participant nominations and to accept or refuse participants recommended by grantee institutions. When U.S. participants are selected, grantee institutions must provide their names and biographical data to the Program Officer at the SportsUnited Office. Priority in two-way exchange proposals will be given to foreign participants who have not previously traveled to the United States.

II. Award Information

Type of Award:Grant Agreement.

Fiscal Year Funds:2011.

Approximate Total Funding:$2,000,000.

Approximate Number of Awards:8-12.

Approximate Average Award:$225,000.

Ceiling of Award Range:$225,000.

Floor of Award Range:$60,000.

Anticipated Award Date:Pending availability of funds, August 31, 2011.

Anticipated Project Completion Date:September 30, 2012-June 30, 2014.

Projects under this competition may range in length from one to three years depending on the number of project components, the country/region targeted and the extent of the evaluation plan proposed by the applicant. The Office of Citizen Exchanges strongly encourages applicant organizations to plan enough time after project activities are completed to measure project outcomes. Please refer to the Program Monitoring and Evaluation section, item IV.3d.3 below, for further guidance on evaluation.

III. Eligibility InformationIII.1. Eligible Applicants

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 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

(a) Grants awarded to eligible organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchange programs will be limited to $60,000. Organizations that only qualify for the $60,000 level may choose to conduct a one-way exchange, but must explain how the objectives of Americans interacting with foreign participants will still be achieved.

(b)Technical Eligibility:It is imperative that all proposals follow the requirements outlined in the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) technical format and instructions document. Additionally, all proposals must comply with the following or they will result in your proposal being deemed technically ineligible and will not receive further consideration in the review process:

* Applicants may not submit more than one (1) proposal for this competition. Organizations that submit proposals that exceed these limits will result in having all of their proposals deemed technically ineligible.

* Proposals for countries that are not designated in the RFGP or that address more than one region will be deemed technically ineligible.

* Proposals for themes not listed above will be deemed technically ineligible.

* The Office of Citizen Exchanges does not support proposals limited to conferences or seminars (i.e.,one- to fourteen-day programs with plenarysessions, main speakers, panels, and a passive audience). It will support conferences only when they are a small part of a larger project in duration that is receiving Bureau funding from this competition. No funding is available exclusively to send U.S. citizens to conferences or conference type seminars overseas; nor is funding available for bringing foreign nationals to conferences or to routine professional association meetings in the United States.

* The Office of Citizen Exchanges does not support academic research or faculty or student fellowships. Proposals that have only an academic focus will be deemed technically ineligible.

IV. Application and Submission Information

Before submitting a proposal, all applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Washington, DC-based Department of State contact for the themes/regions listed in this solicitation.

Dated: November 23, 2010. Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.