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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE to
Administer a Foreign Exchange Program for Youth

FY2022 Youth Ambassadors Program

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division

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03/14/22 11:59 PM


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to administer a foreign exchange program for youth. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take as long as four weeks to complete. The selected organization will recruit and select participants, organize the three-week exchange programs with a focus on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development, and provide follow-up programs in the participants' home communities.

The Youth Ambassadors program directly supports the U.S. foreign policy goal of youth empowerment and development by equipping exchange participants with the knowledge and skills to become active and responsible members of their communities. The program will build mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect through shared culture and values; empower participants to be actively engaged in addressing issues of concern in their schools and communities upon their return home; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups. 

The exchange program is intended for high school youth (ages 15- 18 at the start of the program) from underserved communities and adult educators focused on themes and subthemes such as social inclusion, entrepreneurship, countering disinformation, and environmental protection. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, civic education programming in Washington, D.C., or the capital city of the partner country, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals. Multiple opportunities for participants to interact meaningfully with their host country peers will be included. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning service programs in their home communities. 

Exchange delegations will travel to the United States from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela; U.S. exchange delegations will travel to select countries in the Western Hemisphere. 

The Bureau anticipates that the single award recipient will manage the comprehensive organizational and administrative responsibilities of this program, and will identify qualified sub-award recipients to implement programming for at least 60 percent of the exchange participants. The award will provide funding for approximately 459 exchange participants (339 foreign and 120 U.S.)

The program goals are to:

  1. Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and citizens of Western Hemisphere countries
  2. Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities
  3. Foster future leaders by providing them a better understanding of the U.S. systems, culture, and government
  4. Cultivate relationships among youth from different ethnic, racial, religious, and national groups and create hemispheric networks of youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally

The program objectives are for participants to:

  1. Demonstrate a better understanding of the elements of a participatory democracy in action
  2. Deepen critical thinking and leadership skills
  3. Develop program planning and implementation skills

The primary program themes are:

  1. Civic Education (Citizen Participation, Grassroots Democracy and Rule of Law)
  2. Community Service
  3. Youth Leadership Development

For etails on program themes, options and types of programs, see

For program specific guidelines, see pg. 2 of the POGI document listed in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185761

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Number of Grants:

ECA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement for the management of the Youth Ambassadors program.

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is the Bureau’s intent to award a cooperative agreement (one base year plus two Non-Competitive Continuations (NCCs) in FY2023 and FY2024) for an estimated total amount of $10,200,000:
- FY 2022-$3,400,000;
- FY 2023- NCC year one-$3,400,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds;
- FY 2024-NCC year two-$3,400,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Completion Date: April 30, 2026. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two NCC years.

Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a period of 15 months (base year) with NCCs for two additional 15-month periods (NCC years one and two).


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other not-for-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.

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, March 14, 2022. 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.

Anticipated Award Date: August 1, 2022

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete.

All applicants must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) (DUNS) number and be registered in

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs places critically important emphases on the security and proper administration of the Exchange Visitor (J visa) Programs and adherence by award recipients and sponsors to all regulations governing the J visa. Therefore, proposals should demonstrate the applicant's capacity to meet all requirements governing the administration of the Exchange Visitor Programs

Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant.

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

Direct all questions regarding registration and submission issues to: Customer Support
Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726

For questions about this announcement, contact:
Naureen Nalia
U.S. Department of State
Youth Exchange Division, PE/C/PY
*All correspondence with the Bureau concerning this NOFO should reference the title and funding opportunity number listed at the top of this solicitation.

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