IIP Individual Grants


As authorized by the Smith-Mundt Act, the Office of the U.S. Speaker Program of the Department of State?s Bureau of International Information Programs awards grants to cooperating organizations with experience in international exchanges for the administration of projects that enable U.S. experts to present lectures, serve as consultants, or conduct workshops and seminars for professional audiences worldwide. The participating U.S. experts represent most disciplines, except English language teaching, and interact with overseas professional audiences on a variety of themes (as identified by U.S. diplomatic missions) in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives via traveling or virtual programs. Grantee organizations are be responsible for handling all administrative aspects of the program, including arrangements for participant travel, visas, subsistence funding disbursement, mailing of materials, project monitoring and results reporting.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of International Information Programs, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, also called the Smith-Mundt Act, Public Law 80-402
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Final grant awards are determined by IIP staff in concert with participating U.S. embassies.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Grant awards are made based on the professional qualifications of the individual U.S. experts.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are only available to non-profit U.S. organizations with significant experience with implementing international exchange programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: U.S. Embassies are required to submit evaluation reports for all U.S. Speaker and Specialist programs.
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. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.
The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.
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
Grants to individuals. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Phone: 202-632-9204
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 18$4,359,814.00; FY 19 est $4,221,462.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$3,900,000.00; FY 16 est $3,500,000.00; FY 15 est $3,500,000.00; FY 14$3,407,036.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
see individual solicitation in www.grants.gov
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program guidelines and policies are outlined in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, Section 10 FAM 350.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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