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FY 2019 Creative Arts Exchange

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Implement International
Performing and Hip Hop Dance Arts Exchange Programs

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges

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04/01/19 Midnight 12:00 AM Washington, DC Time


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Grants to USA public and private nonprofit organizations to implement international arts exchange programs in the themes of performing arts and hip hop dance. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to create partnerships through professional development and artistic collaboration that enrich both the international participants and the Americans with whom they meet.

Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives are arts-based, international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives.

Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives vary and are determined based on Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) strategic priorities. The goals of the CAE are to:

- Foster mutual understanding and deepen trust between the people of the United States and abroad to counter negative stereotypes and advance safety and security;
- Advance and complement U.S. foreign policy objectives;
- Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration and engagement between U.S. and foreign artists and audiences;
- Convey the diversity and high artistic merit of the arts in the United States and increase awareness and understanding of U.S. art, culture, values, and society among international participants and audiences;
- Foster opportunities for educational outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth (ages 12-25), women, and persons with disabilities;
- Engage participants in instructive and informative experiences in a particular art form to promote creative industries and entrepreneurship; and
- Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaborations between U.S. and international artists and institutions that endure beyond the program duration.

Theme 1: Performing Arts (Center Stage):

Pending the availability of FY 2019 funds, the Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $1,300,000, to fund the fifth season of Center Stage that will support month-long U.S.-based performance tours by three-to-six influential performing arts ensembles (approximately 30-50 participants) from strategically significant countries. In addition to the U.S. based tours, the initiative will send approximately 24 U.S. arts presenters and performing arts professionals overseas for up to two weeks to conduct preplanning trips and conduct workshops to share U.S. professional standards in the creative industries.

Theme 2: Hip Hop Collaboration (Next Level):

Pending the availability of FY 2019 funds, the Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $1,100,000, to fund the Next Level program that will send approximately 20-24 American professional hip hop artists overseas to approximately five-to-six countries to lead two-week exchange programs that engage youth, explore conflict resolution strategies, and support arts entrepreneurship. In addition to the overseas components, the initiative will bring approximately 10-12 foreign artists to the United States for one to two weeks to participate in a professional development program.

For an overview of each Theme, see the NOFO:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142616

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Number of Grants:

Theme 1: one; Theme 2: one

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximate Average Award: Pending the availability of FY 2019 funds: $1,300,000 (Center Stage); $1,100,000 (Next Level)

Term of Contract:

This cooperative agreement will begin on or about September 1, 2019 and end on or about December 31, 2021.

Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA's intent to renew the cooperative agreements for two additional consecutive fiscal years, before openly competing it again.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Applicants should demonstrate established reputations in a field or discipline related to the specific program themes.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

Applicants have until midnight (12:00 a.m.), Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

Method of Submission: Applications may only be submitted electronically 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.

Please ensure that your UEI (Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS) number is included in the appropriate box of the SF – 424 which is part of the formal application package. For more detailed instructions for obtaining a UEI (DUNS) number, refer to:

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Contact Information:

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

Theme One: Performing Arts (Center Stage)
Julia Gómez-Nelson, (202) 632-6409; email:

Theme Two: Hip Hop Collaboration (Next Level)
Jill Staggs, (202) 632-6408; email:

Please specify Julia Gómez-Nelson, Program Officer for Center Stage or Jill Staggs, Program Officer for Next Level and refer to the Funding Opportunity Number located at the top of this announcement on all other inquiries and correspondence.

Cultural Programs Division, ECA/PE/C/CU
SA-5, 3rd floor, U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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