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Grant Opportunities

People-to-People Activities in South and Central Asia

The Office of Press and Public Diplomacy of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to establish people-to-people activities between any combination of two or more South and Central Asian nations of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan.

Proposals should support the U.S. government’s broad engagement in South and Central Asia.  Examples of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment in this region include the following sectors: commercial, higher education, architectural and cultural preservation, women’s empowerment, fine arts (visual and performing), and cross-border problem-solving.  Program themes identified as priorities include: economic integration and trade facilitation; higher education capacity and partnership building; architectural and cultural preservation; women’s empowerment; youth engagement; fine arts (visual and performing), and cross-border problem-solving (energy, food security, water, environment, and narcotics trafficking).  Maximum project performance period should be no more than 3 years.

Because nearly half of the two billion people who reside in the South and Central Asia are below age 26, the most competitive proposals will concentrate outreach programs on youth and increase understanding of U.S. culture and institutions. Complementing the theme of regional integration is an emphasis on exchange and visitors programs – traditional and virtual – that bring citizens from throughout the region together with one another and with U.S. citizens.

Eligible organizations include accredited, public and private U.S. four-year colleges and universities meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3); U.S. non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3); U.S. commercial firms; legally registered foreign colleges, universities, or other educational institutions; legally registered foreign non-profit organizations; foreign commercial firms; and public international institutions. 

The average sum of the grant: $250,000.00

Applications must be submitted electronically to with a copy to before July 31, 2012, 17.00 p.m.

All applicants should start the process to obtain their DUNS and CCR numbers.  If selected, the applicant must have DUNS and CCR.

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