July 31, 2013

Silk Road Grant Seeking RFPs for South Central Asia

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has just announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) with a very quickly-approaching deadline of August 16th. Proposals should highlight the relationship between any combination of two or more of the following nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. This competition is designed to use people-to-people activities that advance the vision of a New Silk Road connecting Afghanistan to its neighbors through networks of trade, transit and people, or expand regional connectivity along the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor.

Each proposal must specifically respond to one priority theme: cultural heritage and understanding; access to education; journalistic ties & regional reporting; or cross-border networks and problem solving. Please go to Funding Opportunity Number SCAPPD-13-AW-150-SCA-07172013 at grants.gov for more information.

You may contact Ellen Delage in the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/PPD) with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

March 13, 2009

Congress Approves FY09 Increase for Educational Cultural Exchange Programs

The Educational and Cultural Exchange programs of the U.S. State Department received $538 million for FY09. While it is not clear how much of this funding might be dedicated to the grant program that supports international cultural exchanges, this represents an overall increase for the program. The League will be in touch as opportunities may arise for orchestras to apply for open competitions.

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December 19, 2007 

Cultural Exchange Funds Available  

The Educational and Cultural Exchange programs of the U.S. State Department received a $59 million increase for FY08. While it is not clear how much of this funding might be dedicated to the grant program that supports international cultural exchanges, orchestras should take note of a current grant opportunity. The State Department is inviting grant proposals for programs that support international exchanges and build relationships between U.S. nonprofit organizations and cultural groups abroad. Eligible programs will support exchanges with Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere. The application process is highly competitive, and focuses on projects that encourage citizen engagement in current issues, focus particularly on youth, and promote the development of democratic societies and institutions. Applications are due February 15, 2008. 

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