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FY 2021 Community Heritage Exchange Initiative

Cooperative Agreement with a USA IHE or Nonprofit Organization
for Activities to Highlight the Impact of Cultural Preservation

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Cultural Heritage Center

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06/04/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement with a USA IHE or nonprofit organization to design and implement activities to share the impact of cultural preservation projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to highlight the impact cultural preservation activities have had on communities around the world.

The CHEI will strengthen connections between American and foreign communities by documenting and sharing stories of cultural heritage. This initiative shall provide communities, filmmakers and media specialists, both American and foreign, with new technical knowledge and skills that they may apply in their work. It shall consist of five core exchange programs centered on exploring the importance of cultural heritage preservation to those whose lives are impacted by those sites, objects, and practices. The AFCP projects chosen to be highlighted in these exchanges will represent a range of heritage types and serve as examples of the intricacies and complexities of preservation efforts worldwide.

The overarching goals for the CHEI are:

  • To share stories of cultural heritage and values around previous and current AFCP projects;
  • To increase the capacity of communities around AFCP projects to document and share stories of their own heritage;
  • To strengthen bilateral cooperation on architectural and objects conservation projects of mutual benefit to the U.S. and other countries; and
  • To build on the AFCP program, which supports the preservation of cultural heritage as a demonstration of U.S. respect for other cultures.

The CHEI is centered on a set of five, tightly integrated core exchange programs including: 1.) a Community Heritage Film Series, 2.) Community Heritage Virtual Tours, 3.) Community Storytelling Workshops, 4.) a Community Storytelling Tool Kit, and 5.) Resilient Intangible Heritage Workshops.

For full details of the five core exchange programs, see

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Anticipated Award Date: August 1, 2021, pending the availability of funds.

Anticipated Project Completion Date: July 31, 2023


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-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.

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Friday, June 4, 2021 by 11:59 PM Washington, DC time

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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

There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost sharing required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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For questions about this announcement, contact:

Erin Leckey, U.S. Department of State
Cultural Heritage Center, ECA/P/C, SA-5
5th floor, 2200 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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