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Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative)

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE to Foster Mutual
Understanding Between Youth in the US, North Africa, and the Middle East

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Stevens Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/03/21 11:59 PM, Washington, DC time

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to promote engagement between young people in North Africa and the Middle East and the United States. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. This program will use physical and virtual exhanges to foster educational exchanges between program participants. The purpose of this program is to grow mutual understanding between youth across these regions.

To support the development of transparent, merit-based competitions for U.S. and NEA-based organizations to administer virtual and blended (virtual and physical) exchange projects between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa, as well as, coordinate and report on all activities under the Stevens Initiative brand, facilitate on-going collaboration among the Stevens Initiative partners, the award recipient will be expected to:

  • Hire sufficient and appropriately experienced staff to support the implementation, monitoring, and promotion of the Stevens Initiative and of all projects under the Stevens Initiative brand.
  • Exercise full financial oversight and provide reporting to all stakeholders.
  • Support the programmatic activities of the Stevens Initiative, which includes providing project management and advisory board facilitation.
  • In consultation with the U.S. Department of State the award recipient is to work to expand partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia, and foundations that add value and substance to the Stevens Initiative. 
  • Design and manage a governance structure that facilitates transparent, on-going collaboration and communication amongst Stevens Initiative stakeholders.
  • As the managing partner, the award recipient is to conduct communications, outreach, and marketing activities to promote the Stevens Initiative. In addition, the award recipient should work closely with subaward partners to expand domestic and overseas media outreach. 

Proposals received in response to this NOFO will support subaward open competitions and the issuance of at least eight subawards for a variety of amounts and program models. Applicants should provide details on how its subaward competition(s) would be structured and managed to issue subawards with the funds provided by ECA. Strong proposals will outline a plan for finding a productive balance between funding new virtual exchange program models as well as proven and established models. 

For more details on program requirements, see the following link: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy21_stevens_initiative_nofo.pdf#page=3

For more details on program design, see the following link: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy21_stevens_initiative_nofo.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183632

Number of Grants:

Approximate Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fiscal Year Funds: $5,000,000 - FY 2021 base year funding; $5,000,000 – FY 2022 non-competitive continuation year one, pending the availability of funds and successful performance; $5,000,000 – FY 2023 non-competitive continuation year two, pending the availability of funds and successful performance.

Approximate Total Funding: $15,000,000. This figure represents base year plus two Non-Competitive Continuation years, pending the availability of funds and successful performance.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2021
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 30, 2026. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award-one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.

Eligibility:

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. Please see the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for additional information.

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be registered in SAM.gov.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

a) 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 of $5,000,000 for the FY 2018 base year to support program and administrative 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.

b) Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition. If more than one proposal is received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: June 3, 2021

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.

You 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. 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.

Required Registration with the System for Award Management (SAM): 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 Grants.gov.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a UEI (DUNS) number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with%20sam.html

Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms: https://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding/open-grant-solicitations/completing-solicitation-package

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332635

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) at the link above.

Contact Information:

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:
Joshua Shen, U.S. Department of State,
Office of Professional Exchanges, ECA/PE, SA-5, 5th Floor, 2200 C Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20037, (202) 632-6057, ShenJY@state.gov.

CFDA Number:

19.415

Funding or Pin Number:

SFOP0007908

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