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Grant to a USA Nonprofit or IHE for Sports-Based Exchange Programs

FY 2023 Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Sports Diplomacy Division
CFDA Number: 19.415
Funding or PIN Number: SFOP0009380
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/26/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE for sports-based exchange programs. Funding is intended to enhance cross-cultural understanding through sports and to open new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. Eligible programs engage priority audiences, including at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The grant encompasses two programs: the Sports Visitor Program and the Sports Envoy Program.

The Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Advance U.S. foreign policy goals;
  • Increase and deepen understanding of U.S. society, culture, and history, and dispel stereotypes;
  • Promote cross-cultural and mutual understanding, and appreciation for diversity, between American and international participants; and
  • Cultivate leadership and develop capacity for participants to build stable communities and strong civil society institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

In submitting a proposal to implement the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Programs, applicants should clearly demonstrate their understanding of, and commitment to, the following guiding principles:

  • Demonstrating through program design, administration, implementation, and evaluation, a strong commitment to diversity and the full inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized populations, and organizations that serve these populations;
  • Valuing the narrative power of sports and promoting the exchanges through a high-quality media and communication strategy;
  • Demonstrating leadership, expertise, and strong networks with U.S. and international sport, sport for development, and exchange organizations;
  • Demonstrating an original and flexible program design that is balanced with consistently high-quality implementation; and
  • Planning for a cost-efficient program, while maximizing participant numbers, and building on effective sport for development and sports diplomacy initiatives. 

Applicants should account for COVID-19 in planning for exchanges, taking into account timelines, protocols, contingencies, and budgets, among other considerations. 

For information about the Sports Visitor Program, see:

For information about the Sports Envoy Program, see:


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other notfor-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.

For further eligibility requirements, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information
- Key Date/Application Deadline: April 26, 2023
- Deadline for Questions: February 15, 2023
ECA recommends applicants submit questions about this announcement before the deadline for questions.
- Anticipated Question &Answer (Q&A) Publication Date: March 1, 2023

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.

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

Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Approximate Average Award: $3,640,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Completion Date: March 31, 2025

Contact Information
For questions about this announcement, contact: Hans Posey, U.S. Department of State, Program Management Division, ECA/EX/PM, SA-5, 4th Floor, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, Customer Support:
Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726

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