ECA Individual Grants
To provide individual assistance awards by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to experts and other influential or distinguished persons in the United States, including U.S. academics and professionals, athletes and coaches and creative and performing artists, with funds appropriated to and authorized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. These individual grants support interchanges between the United States and other countries that address issues of mutual interest consistent with the Fulbright-Hays Act.
As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, 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; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States the other countries of the world.”.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (including individual awards)
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Fulbright-Hays Act, Public Law, as amended., Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Individuals in fields of specialized knowledge or skill, and other influential or distinguished persons.
Beneficiaries include selected participants and the people of participating countries.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Program announcements and application procedures may vary widely depending on the program.
Specific processes vary from program to program activities. However, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs uses the Department’s Form DS-1909 (Federal Assistance Award) to award individual grants to successful applicants. All awards are signed by a warranted Grants Officer and administered through the State Award Management System/GrantSolutions. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs DOES NOT accept unsolicited grant proposals for individual grant awards. Grant awards are made based on specific needs of the program office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Individual awards made by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs may support any activities authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act for which funding has been appropriated by Congress through the annual Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs appropriation administered by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The activities are designed to promote U.S. interests in designated countries around the world by developing mutual understanding of key issues and promoting long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. Awards are made to individuals and supported by funds appropriated to and approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reports are to be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
See individual award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Copies of obligating documents are maintained in the Budget Office of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for up to seven years. Grant records, including closeout data, are maintained in the Grants Office of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for up to seven years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Not applicable.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Kerry Neal Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, SA-5, Room C2CC17, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: NealK@state.gov
Phone: (202) 632-6382
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 14 $25,950; FY 15 est $25,950; and FY 16 est $25,950
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,800 to $4,800.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidelines for programs will vary with individual activities.
Examples of Funded Projects