Cultural, Technical and Educational Centers

 

To assist various organizations identified by Congress to achieve objectives specified by Congress. As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
19.015
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In 2014, the East-West Center continued to develop initiatives intended to impact present and future thought leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. The East-West Center plays critical training and convening roles in helping to develop the international-minded leaders required of the Asia-Pacific region and also in helping current leaders at all levels of society better address issues of common concern. The Center held its fourth biennial EWC International Media Conference in Burma in 2014. Leadership activities in 2014 focused on women, future leaders of the Pacific, ASEAN and American educators, and research continued on environmental sustainability, trade policy and the rule of law.

The Hollings Center hosted dialogues on important topics such as Solutions for the Middle East Water Challenge, Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education, U.S.-Turkey Foreign. The Hollings Center also launched a young professionals in international relations speaker series, funded a small grants on dialogue topics, and produced special reports on various topics. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256), as amended., 22 U.S.C 2054 2078 2451; Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries are those served by the organizations receiving awards.
Credentials/Documentation
Eligible organizations are those specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for Federal Awards applies to this program. As stated in the award solicitation documents.
Award Procedure
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in the award solicitation documents.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress.
Funding is provided to the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) to promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, training, and research. Scholars, students, teachers, government officials, NGO leaders, journalists and other professionals in various fields from the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region may study and carry out research, exchange ideas and views, lead and participate in seminars and training activities, take part in cultural programs, and conduct other activities primarily in support of the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, and other Acts promoting the international, educational, cultural, and related activities of the United States.
Funding is appropriated each fiscal year from interest and earnings credited to the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund for operations of the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue (commonly referred to as the Hollings Center) to promote dialogue and scholarship in the Middle East. The Hollings Center carries out dialogue conferences and other programs for various stakeholders to promote understanding and expand channels of communication between the United States and the Muslim world.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
As stated in the award solicitation documents. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. As stated in the award solicitation documents. As stated in the award solicitation documents.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific-audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (https//www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.
Records
The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. For awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report as authorized by the DOS. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards(http://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Lana Muck Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of Academic Programs
2200 C Street, NW, SA-05
Rm. Room 4B07
, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: MuckLS@state.gov Phone: 202-632-3238
Website Address
http://exchanges.state.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-0201-0-1-154.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $17,685,180; FY 15 est $17,685,180; and FY 16 est $17,685,180 - No Data Available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$985,180 to $16,700,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website. Refer to solicitation documents for additional requirements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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