Overseas Schools Program


The Office of Overseas Schools promotes quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary school levels for dependents of American citizens carrying out programs and interests of the U.S. Government abroad. The Office also works to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational institutions which demonstrate American educational practices, principles and methods employed in the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Overseas Schools, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Department of State Basic Authorities Act of 1956 , as amended by the Foreign Service Act of 1980., Public Law -96-465, 22 U.S.C. 2701
The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as amended., Section 636c and d
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants are generally restricted to selected overseas schools.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Dependents of American citizens carrying out programs and interests of the U.S. Government abroad are the primary beneficiaries.
Schools must meet all requirements as prescribed in the Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 2, Section 600.
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
Post and Legal approve school's eligibility to receive a grant. School applies to A/OPR/OS, which decides the amount and purpose(s) of the grant, prepares the documents and sends them to school/post to execute. School signs and returns copies to post and A/OPR/OS.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
A/OPR/OS gives grant assistance to approximately 200 American-sponsored overseas schools. These schools meet criteria outlined in the Foreign Affairs Manual (2 FAM 600), which requires that they be non-profit, non-church related and serve American interests. Schools accepting the grants agree to admit all eligible USG dependents.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Regional Education Officers from A/OPR/OS visit posts/schools to review performance. There is also regular email dialog between schools, posts and A/OPR/OS on performance matters.
Currently, all A/OPR/OS grants are well below the audit threshold.
Grantee must maintain grant files for three years from closeout of the grant.
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 are generally 12 - 18 months in length. Schools spend funds as outlined in grant and submit receipts to post for payment. Grants are reimbursable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Joyce L. Picado
2401 C St. NW
Room H328, SA-1
Washington, DC 20522-0103 US
Phone: 202-261-8203
Fax: 202-261-8224
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 21 Estimate Not Available FY 22 Estimate Not Available FY 23 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 18$12,378,132.00; FY 19 est $1,107,546.00; FY 17 est $1,200,000.00; FY 16 est $11,500,000.00; FY 15$12,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants range from $5000 to $400,000. Majority of grants are less than $40,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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