(CLOSED) Limited Submission: International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)

Sports Diplomacy enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. In support of U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives, ECA’s sports diplomacy programs create both people-to-people and institutional linkages through sport. The Office of Citizen Exchanges welcomes proposals that directly respond to the Sport for Social Change theme outlined below. The award recipient will be responsible for planning, overseeing, and/or implementing the exchanges including the administration of at least four two-way exchange programs.

Applicant organizations are invited to submit one application to administer one Cooperative Agreement which consists of at least four two-way exchange programs (four groups of foreign participants traveling to the United States, and four groups of American participants traveling overseas) under the Sport for Social Change theme. Each of the approximately three cooperative agreements will support approximately 90 foreign youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches from one of the three regions (Sub-Saharan Africa – AF, Europe and Eurasia – EUR, and Western Hemisphere – WHA) and support approximately 75 American youth, sports administrators, emerging leaders in the sports sector, and/or coaches. The foreign participants can come from a designated country or multiple countries from the same regional group. Final country selections will be determined after the award has been issued in consultation with the ECA Program Officer and the Department’s Regional Bureaus. See A.3 Eligible Regions and Countries and C.3. Other Eligibility Requirements in the NOFO for additional information.

Eligible Theme: Sport for Social Change
Sports-based people-to-people exchanges are central to building and promoting values of inclusion and open opportunities for people to contribute fully to society, and create opportunities to establish the trust needed to build a more stable, secure, and prosperous world. Exchanges funded under the Sport for Social Change theme will focus on a broad range of audiences and focus on addressing critical social issues. Programs will focus on effective ways that sport can play a role in promoting more stable and inclusive communities, and as an alternative to anti-social behavior. Project goals should include the importance of leadership, responsibility, teamwork, healthy living, and self-discipline to demonstrate how organized sports can encourage youth to stay in school, prevent substance abuse and violence, and mitigate extremist voices. In addition, projects should aim to include the use of sport as a tool to promote tolerance and understanding through organized activities that appeal to youth and youth influencers, and that focus on conflict prevention/resolution. Project goals should include improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities by providing affordable, inclusive sports experiences that build self-esteem and confidence, enhancing active participation in community life, and making a significant contribution to the physical and psychological health of people with disabilities. Programs should emphasize the responsibility of the broader community to support healthy behaviors, and educate young people how to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases, as well as the importance of environmental sustainability, through sports programs. Project goals should include engaging youth and youth influencers at the local level to use sport to highlight and increase environmental awareness with an emphasis on sustainable practices. Programs may address a range of topics including: empowering communities and fighting crime through positive alternatives, clean energy, food security, clean water, clean air, sustainable corporate social responsibility programs, sustainable sporting event and mega-sporting event planning, and/or use of recycled sporting equipment or materials.

Please read the full announcement before preparing your internal application.


Limitation Details

The DOS limits the number of applications that an institution can submit to this program to one. If you are interested in being UGA’s one submission, please submit an internal application according to the required internal submission instructions below.

Internal applications must include:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Principal Investigator name, UGA position, email, and UGA office contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions
    • Country or countries of focus (see Additional Information below)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary. Please include a brief timeline and budget summary.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)

Internal submission instructions: The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the listed internal deadline. Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.


Additional Information

Eligible Regions/Countries: ECA anticipates that participants will be drawn from the following regions and countries:

  • Africa: (possible countries include: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Code d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, and Zambia)
  • Europe and Eurasia: (possible countries include: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine)
  • Western Hemisphere: (possible countries include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela)

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