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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit to Administer an
Exchange Program for Underserved Foreign College Students

FY 2022 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Global Educational Programs

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11/22/21 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time


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Cooperative agreement to a USA public or private nonprofit organization to design, execute, and oversee a program that provides underserved foreign individuals with an opportunity to study at American institutions of higher education. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

The CCI Program aims to bring young emerging leaders for an intensive program at accredited U.S. community colleges, focused on building technical and professional skills while deepening participants’ understanding of the United States, its people, and its values. CCI participants may study at a U.S. community college for up to one academic year and are from underserved, underrepresented, and/or other target audiences. Program content, duration of study, and participating countries will align with U.S. foreign policy priorities and promote American values and youth empowerment.


The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program promotes American prosperity, advances American influence, and contributes to the development of 21st century technical skills on U.S. community college campuses. The CCI Program aims to expand opportunities for underrepresented U.S. and foreign youth through exchanges, promote American values among underserved foreign participants, and increase workforce skills through training and internationalization efforts at U.S. community colleges. The CCI Program enhances leadership among youth from developing countries who return home as part of a global network of more than 3,300 CCI alumni from 25 countries to become small business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and trades specialists who make a difference in their communities and countries.

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The program goals are to:

  1. Equip exchange participants with professional and technical skills in fields of study that will help them as workforce leaders to meet important needs in their underserved communities;
  2. Expand opportunities for young emerging leaders, including women, from underrepresented, underserved  communities abroad;
  3. Build mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect through sharing cultures and values;
  4. Foster relationships among underserved youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups, including U.S. peers;
  5. Empower participants from underrepresented and underserved groups to serve in leadership roles to engage in addressing issues of economic and/or social concern in their local communities upon their return home; and
  6. Promote internationalization efforts on U.S. community college campuses and better prepare U.S. students for successful futures in a global marketplace.
  7. Promote institutional capacity to host international students at U.S. community colleges.

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The proposal shall identify specific accredited U.S. community colleges to host approximately 130 participants for one academic year in groups of approximately 12-16 students. Colleges with limited international experience should host smaller cohorts as they develop capacity. 

The Bureau anticipates recruiting approximately 130 program participants from approximately 15 countries, to include countries in all six world regions (participating countries are subject to change). 

U.S. Arrival Orientation and Pre-Academic Year Program:

A U.S. arrival orientation and pre-academic year program must be provided for all participants prior to the start of the academic year, anticipated in summer 2022. Programs shall be no less than 80 hours of orientation and arrival content over the span of no less than two weeks and no more than five weeks.  

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GrantWatch ID#: 184832

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Number of Grants:

The Bureau intends to make one award under this competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award available will be approximately $5,275,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 30, 2025.

The current program model provides one year of academic study beginning in the fall. Applicants should propose a program based on the current model slated for academic year 2022-2023 pending international travel restrictions.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

- Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one award, in an amount up to $5,275,000 to support all costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

- Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Monday, November 22, 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.

Applications may only be submitted electronically through 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.

Unique Entity Identifier Number: Applicants are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. This number is a nine-digit identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. Obtaining a UEI number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a UEI number, access or call 1-866-705-5711. Please ensure that your UEI (Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS) number is included in the appropriate box of the SF – 424 which is part of the formal application package. For more detailed instructions for obtaining a UEI (DUNS) number, refer to:

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Anticipated Award Date: January 31, 2022, pending the availability of funds.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, contact: LaRita Campbell or Maureen James, U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Educational Programs, ECA/A/S/U, SA-5, 4th floor, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, phone 202-230-6502 (Campbell) or 202-716-9086 (James), or Customer Support
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