[Federal Register: April 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 70)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3973]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Youth Leadership Program for Bosnia and Herzegovina
SUMMARY: The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of
the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open
competition for Youth Leadership Program for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions
described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit
proposals to conduct a three-week program in the United States focusing
on leadership and civic education. The 22 participants will be
secondary school students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Funding will be provided through the Support for East European
Democracy (SEED) Act.
Overview: The goals of this program are: (1) To provide a civic
education program that helps the participants understand civic
participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a
democracy; (2) to develop leadership skills among secondary school
students appropriate to their needs; and (3) to build personal
relationships among high school students and teachers from Bosnia-
Herzegovina and the United States.
Applicants should outline their capacity for doing projects of this
nature, focusing on three areas of competency: provision of leadership
and civic education programming, age-appropriate programming for youth,
and work with individuals from Bosnia-Herzegovina or other areas that
have experienced ethnic conflict. Applicants need not have a partner in
Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) of the
U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo will recruit and select the participants and
provide a pre-departure orientation. The participants will be recruited
from the cities in the Federation and in Republika Srpska, with the
exception of Foca and Pale, and the Brcko District.
Guidelines: Grants should begin in August 2002 and conclude
approximately 16 months later, depending on when the applicant proposes
to conduct follow-on activities. The program should be implemented in
June/July 2003. Participants may arrive in the United States around
June 15, 2003. The timing of the project may be altered through the
mutual agreement of the Department of State and the grant recipient.
The program should be approximately three weeks in duration.
The participants will be 18 high school students between the ages
of 15 and 18 who have demonstrated leadership abilities in their
schools and/or communities and who are high academic achievers, and
four teachers or other adults who work with youth who have demonstrated
leadership and are expected to remain in positions where they can
continue to do so. Participants will be proficient in the English
In pursuit of the goals outlined above, the program will include
A welcome orientation.
Design and planning of activities that provide a
substantive program on civic education and leadership through both
academic and extracurricular components. Activities should take place
in schools as much as possible and in the community. Community service
and computer training will also be included. Programming should involve
American participants wherever possible.
Opportunities for the educators to work with their
American peers and other professionals and volunteers to help them
foster youth leadership, civic education, and community service
programs at home.
Logistical arrangements, homestays, disbursement of
stipends/per diem, local travel, and travel between sites.
A closing session to summarize the project's activities
and prepare participants for their return home.
Follow-on activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the
participants have returned home designed to reinforce values and skills
imparted during the U.S. program.
The proposal must demonstrate how the stated objectives will be
met. The proposal narrative should also provide detailed information on
the major program activities. Additional important program information
and guidelines for preparing the narrative are included in the Project
Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI).
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to the
other documents in the solicitation for further information.
The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant in an amount of
approximately $82,000 to support program and administrative costs
required to implement this program. Organizations with less than four
years of experience in conducting international exchange programs are
not eligible for this competition. The Bureau encourages applicants to
provide maximum levels of cost-sharing and funding from private sources
in support of its programs.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire
program. There must be a summary budget as well as breakdowns
reflecting both administrative and program budgets. Applicants may
provide separate sub-budgets for each program component, phase,
location, or activity to provide clarification.
Please refer to the Solicitation Package for complete budget
guidelines and formatting instructions.
Announcement Title and Number: All correspondence with the Bureau
concerning this RFGP should reference the above title and number ECA/
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Youth Programs Division, ECA/PE/
C/PY, Room 568, U.S. Department of State, 301 4th Street, SW.,
Washington, DC. 20547, telephone (202) 619-6299; fax (202) 619-5311; e-
mail address: email@example.com to request a Solicitation Package.
The Solicitation Package contains detailed award criteria, required
application forms, specific budget instructions, and standard
guidelines for proposal preparation. Please specify Bureau Program
Officer Carolyn Lantz on all other inquiries and correspondence.
Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before
sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has
passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants
until the proposal review process has been completed.
To Download a Solicitation Package Via Internet
The entire Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's
website at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/RFGPs. Please read all
information before downloading.
Deadline for Proposals
All proposal copies must be received at the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs by 5:00 p.m. Washington, DC time on Friday, May
31, 2002. Faxed documents will not be accepted at any time. Documents
postmarked the due date but received on a later date will not be
Each applicant must ensure that the proposals are received by the
Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation
Package. The original and six copies of the application should be sent
to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, Ref.: ECA/PE/C/PY-02-72, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
No later than one week after the competition deadline, applicants
must also submit the Executive Summary and Proposal Narrative sections
of the proposal as e-mail attachments in MicrosoftWord (preferred),
WordPerfect, or as ASCII text files, and the Budget as a Microsoft
Excel file, if possible, to the following e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In the e-mail message subject line, include the
following: ECA/PE/C/PY-02-72. To reduce the time needed to obtain
advisory comments from the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy
in Sarajevo, the Bureau will transmit these files electronically to
Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines
Pursuant to the Bureau's authorizing legislation, programs must
maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and
representative of the diversity of American political, social, and
cultural life. ``Diversity'' should be interpreted in the broadest
sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic
status, and physical challenges. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program
administration and in program content. Please refer to the review
criteria under the `Support for Diversity' section for specific
suggestions on incorporating diversity into the total proposal. Public
Law 104-319 provides that ``in carrying out programs of educational and
cultural exchange in countries whose people do not fully enjoy freedom
and democracy,'' the Bureau ``shall take appropriate steps to provide
opportunities for participation in such programs to human rights and
democracy leaders of such countries.'' Public Law 106-113 requires that
the governments of the countries described above do not have
inappropriate influence in the selection process. Proposals should
reflect advancement of these goals in their program contents, to the
full extent deemed feasible.
The Bureau will acknowledge receipt of all proposals and will
review them for technical eligibility. Proposals will be deemed
ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein
and in the Solicitation Package. All eligible proposals will be
reviewed by the program office, as well as the Public Diplomacy section
overseas, where appropriate. Eligible proposals will be subject to
compliance with Federal and Bureau regulations and guidelines and
forwarded to Bureau grant panels for advisory review. Proposals may
also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Adviser or by other
Department elements. Final funding decisions are at the discretion of
the Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Educational and
Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for assistance awards
(grants) resides with the Bureau's Grants Officer.
Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed
according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank
ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation:
1. Quality of the program idea: The proposed program should be well
developed, respond to design outlined in the solicitation, and
demonstrate originality. It should be clearly and accurately written,
substantive, and with sufficient detail. Proposals should exhibit
originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the Bureau's
2. Program planning: A detailed agenda and work plan should clearly
demonstrate how project objectives would be achieved. The agenda and
plan should adhere to the program overview and guidelines described
above. The substance of workshops, seminars, presentations, school-
based activities, and/or site visits should be described in detail.
3. Ability to achieve program objectives: Objectives should be
reasonable, feasible, and flexible. The proposal should clearly
demonstrate how the institution will meet the program's objectives and
4. Support of diversity: The proposal should demonstrate the
recipient's commitment to promoting the awareness and understanding of
diversity in program content. Applicants should demonstrate readiness
to accommodate participants with physical disabilities.
5. Institutional capacity and track record: Proposed personnel and
institutional resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve
the program goals. The proposal should demonstrate an institutional
record, including responsible fiscal management and full compliance
with all reporting requirements for past Bureau grants as determined by
the Bureau's Office of Contracts. The Bureau will consider the past
6. Cross-cultural sensitivity and area expertise: Since a number of
young people in this region have been through considerable trauma
during recent conflicts, it is essential that the applicant
organization staff demonstrate an understanding of the stress and
tensions that many of the participants are likely to have.
7. Follow-on activities: Proposals should provide a plan for a
Bureau-supported follow-on visit by project staff to Bosnia and
Herzegovina, plus a plan for continued follow-on activity, not
necessarily with Bureau support, that insures that this program is not
an isolated event.
8. Project evaluation: The proposal should include a plan to
evaluate the activity's success, both as the activities unfold and at
the end of the program. The proposal should include a draft survey
questionnaire or other technique plus description of a methodology to
use to link outcomes to original project objectives. The grant
recipient will be expected to submit intermediate reports after each
project component is concluded.
9. Cost-effectiveness and cost sharing: The applicant should
demonstrate efficient use of Bureau funds. The overhead and
administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and
honoraria, should be kept as low as possible. All other items should be
necessary and appropriate. The proposal should maximize cost-sharing
through other private sector support as well as institutional direct
10. Value to U.S.-Bosnia and Herzegovina Relations: The proposed
project should receive positive assessments by the U.S. Department of
State's geographic area desk and overseas officers of program need,
potential impact, and significance in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-
256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of
the Act is ``to enable the Government of the United States to increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the
people of other countries...; to strengthen the ties which unite us
with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural
interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United
States and other nations...and thus to assist in the development of
friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States
and the other countries of the world.'' The funding authority for the
program is provided through Support for East European Democracy (SEED)
Lautenberg Waiver Language for FY02 Republika Srpska and Serbia
Section 581 of the FOAA restricts certain bilateral assistance to
any country, entity or municipality whose competent authorities have
failed to take ``necessary and significant steps to implement its
international legal obligations to apprehend and transfer to the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (the
`Tribunal') all persons in their territory who have been publicly
indicted by the Tribunal and to otherwise cooperate with the
Tribunal.'' Deputy Secretary Armitage determined on February 22, 2002,
that the Republika Srpska and Serbia had failed to meet this standard
and are subject to sanctions.
Section 581(e), however, provides that restrictions on assistance
may be waived upon a determination by the Secretary that ``such
assistance directly supports the implementation of the Dayton
Accords.'' Department of State Delegation of Authority 245 authorizes
the Deputy Secretary to make this determination on behalf of the
Secretary. The Deputy Secretary waived the application of Section 581
of the FOAA with regard to the following U.S. bilateral assistance
programs, among others, in the Republika Srpska and Serbia:
Programs that support professional and student exchanges, student
advising, Democracy Commission grants, civic education programs, media
and information technology training, English teaching, linkages with
U.S. universities and faculties, and civic education programs, as well
as translations of economic, legal and political science texts;
The municipalities of Foca and Pale in the Republika Srpska are
excluded from this waiver, because competent authorities have failed to
take necessary and significant steps to apprehend and transfer war
crimes indictees to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former
The U.S. government will not provide bilateral assistance that
specifically benefits these municipalities.
The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding and may
not be modified by any Bureau representative. Explanatory information
provided by the Bureau that contradicts published language will not be
binding. Issuance of the RFGP does not constitute an award commitment
on the part of the Government. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce,
revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of
the program and the availability of funds. Awards made will be subject
to periodic reporting and evaluation requirements.
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by
Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures.
Dated: April 3, 2002.
Patricia S. Harrison,
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of
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