International Educational and Cultural Activities Discretionary Grant Program

AGENCY: United States Information Agency

PROGRAM: The Office of Citizen Exchanges announces a discretionary grants program in support of projects that link their international exchange interests with counterpart institutions/groups in ways supportive of the aims of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Applicants should carefully note the following restrictions/recommendations for proposals in specific geographical areas: The Newly Independent States--USIA and other agencies of the U.S. government have numerous programs in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Karzakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan; Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Baltics--projects are encouraged involving Western Europe; East Asian and the Pacific--priority consideration will be given to the following: 1) projects for journalists (print or electronic). Priorities are projects for Korea, joint projects for Hong Kong and Singapore, or regional projects focused on Southeast Asia; 2) projects concerned with the strengthening of democracy or environmental issues. Priority will be given to regional projects or single country projects that focus on Cambodia, Mongolia, Philippines, and Thailand; American Republics-- priority will be given to projects in the following areas: good goverance, anti-corruption, public administration, decentralization-state and local government; Africa--proposals on strengthening democracy are encouraged; and North Africa, Near East and South Asia--priority will be given to projects which promote democratization, economic reform, free markets, tolerance and pluralism, and conflict resolution.

QUALIFICATIONS: Private, nonprofit organizations.

RESTRICTIONS: Under Europe, Eastern Europe and the Baltics the office has or is in the process of conducting specific competitions in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, we will not accept proposals for youth exchange programs or for programs in the following thematic areas: public administration, business management, independent media development, journalism training, and local government administration and municipal management.

MONETARY SUPPORT: Although no set funding limit exists, proposals for less than $150,000 will receive preference. Organizations with less than four years of successful experience in managing international exchange programs are limited to grants of $60,000.

DEADLINES: 02/25/94


          United States Information Agency
          Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
          Office of Citizen Exchanges
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          Washington, DC  20547