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FY 2021 International Visitor Leadership Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits for Programs to Develop Mutual
Understanding and Cooperation between the USA and Foreign Nations

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of International Visitors

Deadline Date:

07/17/20 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations for programs to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between the USA and foreign nations. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended for the design and coordination of trips that will offer foreign leaders the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of US society, culture, and politics. These visits support US foreign policy goals and reflect the participants’ professional interests.

As the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), supports U.S. foreign policy goals and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world. Through carefully designed projects, the IVLP provides current and emerging foreign leaders with firsthand knowledge of U.S. society, culture, and politics. In turn, Americans at all levels in communities across the United States have valuable opportunities to engage directly with these leaders and foster lasting relationships. 

All award recipients will develop professionally substantive and highly customized projects that offer participants a well-balanced, well-paced, and varied experience in the United States. These projects must make a significant contribution to the professional development of individual participants while meeting Department of State (DOS) foreign policy goals and objectives.

Each project focuses on a substantive theme. Some typical IVLP projects themes are: border security; counterterrorism; democracy and human rights; economic and business development; education; sustainable development; government transparency and freedom of information; international crime; media; rule of law; science and technology; U.S. foreign policy; women’s empowerment, and U.S. government and political systems; however, themes can change based on changes in U.S. foreign policy priorities during the period of performance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190034

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Number of Grants:

It is the Bureau’s intent to award up to eight cooperative agreements in FY 2021. Four of the eight cooperative agreements will include the FY 2021 base year plus one non-competitive continuation in FY 2022, pending the availability of funding and successful performance. The remaining four cooperative agreements will include the FY 2021 base year plus two non-competitive continuations in FY 2022 and FY 2023, pending the availability of funds and successful performance.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations must submit a proposal that falls between a floor of approximately $650,000 and a ceiling of approximately $6,600,000 for the base year, pending the availability of funding.

Approximate Average Award: $2,100,000, pending the availability of funds.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges will be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding.

Term of Contract:

Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a period of 12 months (base year) with NonCompetitive Continuation(s).

Anticipated Project Completion Date:
- Four cooperative agreements exercising one NonCompetitive Continuation: December 31, 2022.
- Four cooperative agreements exercising two Non-Competitive Continuations: December 31, 2023.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

IVLP participants are current or potential leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, non-government organizations, the arts, and other disciplines. They are nominated by officers at U.S. embassies overseas, approved by ECA/PE/V staff in Washington, D.C., and generally have little or no significant prior exposure to the United States.

Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of four years of experience in conducting international exchanges.
All award recipients must have a Washington, D.C. area presence with a physical office and staff members located within the Washington D.C. area.
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Organizations with less than four years’ experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

None of the funds made available under this agreement may be used to promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: July 17, 2020. Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

Required Registrations:
- You are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. To obtain a UEI number, access or call 1-866-705-5711. For more detailed instructions for obtaining a UEI (DUNS) number, refer to:
- All federal award applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
- All ECA award recipient organizations and recipient contacts and signatories must be registered with the U.S. Department of State’s SAMS Domestic by accessing and clicking the “create an account” link.
- Register to apply through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application
submission deadlines. Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost-sharing required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost-sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Contact Information for Questions or to Request an Application Package:
Patricia Johnson
Community Relations Branch, Office of International Visitors
ECA/PE/V/C/R, SA-5, 3rd Floor
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, NW,
D.C. 20037

Phone: (202) 632-3288,

or Tom Rathburn at (202) 632-9384 or email

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