ECA - American Spaces


American Spaces are publicly accessible facilities designed to build and strengthen relationships with foreign audiences, showcase American culture and values, and provide information about the United States in an environment that inspires dialogue. Users enjoy access to the physical collections and also explore the many electronic resources available.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Smith Mundt Act
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The State Department's Public Diplomacy Strategic Framework calls for the revitalization of existing American Spaces and the establishment of new ones. American Spaces support one of the Secretary of State's five strategic imperatives for 21st century public diplomacy - that of building mutual trust and respect through expanded public diplomacy platforms. The new strategic approach also brings the planning and management of American Spaces into line with the goals of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and the Public Diplomacy Framework. The IIP Deputy Coordinator for Regional Coordination and American Spaces leads the new American Spaces strategy. IIP coordinates with other Department bureaus (R/PPR, regional PD offices, ECA, OBO, DS, among others) as appropriate to ensure that their interests are met.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Foreign audiences. See for individual award announcements.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See for individual award announcements.
Award Procedure
See for individual award announcements.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See for individual award announcements.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Discretionary grants with individuals, NGOs and FPE for programmatic and construction activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly reports
Not applicable.
Federal assistance records must be retained for three years after the final report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
See for individual award announcements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Phone: 2026329204
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,273,463.00; FY 19 est $737,513.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $15,000,000.00; - IIP/American Spaces plans to track transfers to regional bureaus for disbursements to posts according to grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, with specific attention to construction assistance and acquisitions.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See for individual award announcements.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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