United States Department of State - Arts Exchanges in International Issues Program 2005 - Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP)
Open Grant Competition Announcement: The Cultural Programs Division of the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for grant awards that support one to three year professional exchange projects between non-profit arts organizations in the U.S. and their counterparts in other countries.
Exchange participants may be professional artists, arts educators, arts administrators or other types of arts and cultural experts. To the fullest extent possible, projects supported by the Arts Exchanges in International Issues Program, should be two-way exchanges with roughly equal numbers of participants from the U.S. and foreign countries.
U.S. public and non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status may submit proposals that support the objectives and themes listed below. Individual Artists and amateur and community-based arts groups are not eligible for funding under the Arts Exchanges in International Issues Program.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Range of Grant Awards: $50,000-$300,000 (Limited to $60,000 if your organization does not have four years of experience managing international exchange activities.)
Proposal Details: Proposed projects should be designed to foster positive dialogue, joint creative activities and co-operative artistic endeavors that employ the arts to convey one of five U.S. foreign policy themes:
1) Conflict Resolution;
2) New Opportunities for Youth, especially in Muslim countries;
3) Respect for Cultural Identity and Creative Products;
4)Governance, Accountability and Transparency in Cultural Management; and
5) HIV and AIDS Awareness and Prevention.
Projects must include one or more of the following disciplines: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Arts Education, Arts Management, and Film/Video/Digital Media.
Eligible project regions are Africa, East Asia, Eurasia, Central and
Southeastern Europe, the Near East/North Africa, South Asia, and the
No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes and for all countries.
Applicants proposing projects involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq must address the security issues presented by projects in these countries.
The Bureau is especially interested in engaging socially and economically diverse groups of young people that may not have had extensive contact with counterpart institutions in the United States. Priority will be given to proposals that engage these participants in countries with significant Muslim populations. We seek projects that accomplish this goal in part by addressing public audiences, where appropriate to the project.
Please review the entire Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) on the website for detailed information and instructions on how to apply. You may also contact the appropriate program officer, depending on the arts discipline in which you would work, for more information.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Contacts for Additional Information:
Arts Education — Jill Staggs
Arts Management — Jill Staggs
Film/Video/Digital Media — Susan Cohen.