FY 2023 Community Engagement Exchange Program
The Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the FY 2023 Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE) in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. U.S. 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 this international civic leadership exchange program. Initiated in 2020, the CEE Program is a bold new global initiative to support approximately 115-120 passionate emerging leaders, ages 21-27, from over 100 countries around the world working at the nexus of public, private, and non-profit sectors to address public concerns and improve the quality of community. These CEE Fellows undertake a professional practicum with placements in public institutions, government offices, social incubators, businesses, or non-profit organizations. At their practicums, Fellows work with professional American counterparts and seasoned civil society and community leaders, called CEE Host Supervisors, on pre-defined substantive issues of mutual interest. In addition to the professional practicum, Fellows engage in robust leadership training, service-learning, and opportunities to transform ideas into actionable community projects in their home countries. The program also supports overseas travel for approximately 25-30 American participants from U.S. host organizations and approximately 20 global leadership professionals known as CEE Specialists, including alumni of U.S. government programs, to work with CEE Fellows on community engagement projects of mutual interest in the United States and overseas. In particular, the CEE Specialists provide mentorship and guidance to Fellows related to their program theme, geographic region, and acclimation to USG programming. CEE promotes a global civil society eco-system by building a network of emerging and seasoned civil society and community leaders in the United States and around the world through international exchanges, civic leadership education, innovative community initiatives, and civil society projects that maximize the program’s reach and amplify local, regional, and global impact. Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in grants.gov, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant. Please see the full announcement for additional information.