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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE to Manage International Sports Exchange Programs

FY 2021 International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Sports Diplomacy Division
CFDA Number: 19.415
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/11/21 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to manage international sports exchange programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for sports exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs.

The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities.  Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. 

Applicant organizations are invited to submit one application to administer one Cooperative Agreement which consists of approximately eleven two-way exchange programs (eleven groups of foreign participants traveling to the United States, and eleven groups of American participants traveling overseas), each lasting a minimum of twoweeks (inclusive of travel), under the Sport for Social Change theme, as listed in Section A.2. Eligible Theme. The cooperative agreement will support approximately 125 foreign youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches from all six geographic regions (East Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; Near East and North Africa; South and Central Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Western Hemisphere) and support approximately 125 American youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches from all across the United States. 

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  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private nonprofit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

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Programs designed to train elite athletes or coaches are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: March 11, 2021. Applicants have until 11:59 p.m. Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

Anticipated Award Date: September 15, 2021.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Applicants are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. All federal award applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database in order to submit a proposal in response to an open competition on

Applicants will be required to participate in a two-day grant orientation in Washington, D.C., facilitated by the program office. The exact date of the orientation is to be determined but will be scheduled as early in the cooperative agreement period as possible. While ECA strongly encourages all award recipients to make every effort to attend, any organization unable to send a representative in person can be included via teleconference.

Applicant organizations may submit only one proposal under this competition.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants
ECA intends to issue one Cooperative Agreement.

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $2,100,000

Term of Contract
Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA’s intent to renew this cooperative agreement for two additional consecutive fiscal years, before openly competing it again.

Anticipated Project Completion Date: March 31, 2023.

Contact Information
For further information regarding this program or the competition, contact:
Ryan Murphy
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Sports Diplomacy Division, ECA/PE/C/SU, SA-5, Floor 4, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 714-6143

Direct all questions regarding registration and submission issues to: Customer Support
Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726

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