The Cultural Programs Division of the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for grants that support exchanges and build relationships between U.S. non-profit arts, educational and cultural organizations and their counterparts overseas. U.S. public and non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue code section 26 USC 501 (c)(3) may submit proposals that support the goals of the Arts Exchanges on International Issues Program: to promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professionals in the arts and arts management and their organizations in the United States and in other countries through multi-phased exchange projects taking place over one to three years.
An applicant may work with other U.S. non-profit partners to combine the strengths of their organizations and submit a joint project proposal. Please note, that in joint project proposals the role of each organization must be clearly defined and any sub-granting agreements must be included in the proposal submission.
To the fullest extent possible programs should be two-way exchanges supporting roughly equal numbers of participants from the U.S. and foreign countries. Participants may be professional artists, arts educators, arts administrators or other arts and cultural experts.
Through these people-to-people exchanges, the Bureau seeks to break down stereotypes that divide peoples, enhance understanding of democratic processes, contribute to conflict resolution and build respect for cultural expression and identity in a world that is experiencing rapid globalization. The Bureau is especially interested in engaging socially and economically diverse groups of young people, who may not have had extensive contact with their counterparts and institutions in the United States. Priority will be given to proposals that engage these participants in countries with significant Muslim, and where appropriate in the Western Hemisphere, indigenous populations. We are especially interested in projects that accomplish these goals in part by addressing public audiences, where appropriate to the project.
For the purposes of this competition, eligible regions are Africa, East Asia, Eurasia, Central and Southeastern Europe, the Near East/North Africa, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes and for all regions. As stated above, in the Western Hemisphere region, the Bureau is particularly interested in projects that include indigenous populations.
Applicants proposing projects involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq should demonstrate in their Narrative Sections their awareness of security issues that will affect the ability of the grantee organization to arrange for travel of U.S. citizens to these countries or to conduct site visits, participant interviews, seminars, workshops or training sessions there. All travel to, and activities conducted in, these countries will be subject to consultation with and approval of official U.S. security personnel in country. The applicant should be prepared to modify timing or to reconfigure project implementation plans as required by security considerations.
Proposed projects should be designed to foster positive dialogue, joint creative activities and co-operative artistic endeavors that respond to one of five U.S. foreign policy themes: 1) Conflict Resolution; 2) New Opportunities for Youth, especially in Muslim countries; 3) Respect for Cultural Identity and Creative Products; 4) Governance, Accountability and Transparency in Cultural Management; and 5) HIV and AIDS Awareness and Prevention. [Please see the Purpose Section below for a further description of these themes]. Projects must include one or more of the following disciplines: Performing Arts [including, but not limited to Dance, Music, Traditional Arts and Theater], Visual Arts, Arts Education, Arts Management, and Film/Video/Digital Media.
Who can apply:
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Eligible functional categories:
Creative Arts Grants
Arts Exchanges on International Issues Program
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Program Management