The Office of Citizen Exchanges, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State, announces an open competition for grants that support exchanges and build relationships between U.S. nonprofit organizations and civil society and cultural groups in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere. ECA/PE/C expects to fund approximately 10–15 projects under this competition in FY 2009. U.S. public and non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals that support the goals of The Professional Exchange Program. All programs should be two-way exchanges and involve participants from the U.S. and foreign countries.

Application Deadline: February 20, 2009.