Grants Division

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The mission of the Grant Division (M/KG) is to plan, direct, and execute by grant or cooperative agreement, or other appropriate means, assistance instruments for the Agency's educational and cultural programs. M/KG is responsible for the award, administration and close-out of the assistance agreements, and will follow-up on audit recommendations. Grants and Cooperative Agreements awarded by the M/KG support the Agency's educational and cultural exchange programs. The awards support academic, cultural and professional exchange and training programs as a means of seeking mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and to promote the free exchange of information and ideas.

The best known of these is the Fulbright exchange program, which operates in over 125 countries. Additionally, each year over 2,400 foreign leaders and professionals come to the United States as International visitors, and some 1,800-2,000 voluntary visitors come under private auspices for up to 30 days of professional appointments arranged by USIA. Many partners cooperate in USIA exchange activities: the academic community, U.S. private organizations and foreign governments.

Our goal for this website is to provide a convenient spot to gather information related to the award and administration of USIA's grants and cooperative agreements. If you have a specific question or need further clarification, please contact our office at (202) 205-5477.

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Telephone Numbers

Name Title Phone Number
Fannie Allen Chief, Grants Division (202) 205-5484
Maggie Ahern Grants Officer (202) 205-9410
Lisa Berry-Johnson Grants Officer (202) 205-8695
Donald Hunter Grants Officer (202) 205-8920
Joyce Love Grants Officer (202) 205-8590
Sarah Smith Grants Coordinator (202) 205-9385
Carolyn Payne-Fuller Grants Officer (202) 260-3145
Janet Yates Program Coordinator (202) 205-5477
Connie Stinson Grants Officer (202) 205-8383
Phyllis Swann-Smith Grants Officer (202) 205-8881
Fax Machine (202) 205-7803

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Mailing Address

Grants Division
Office of Contracts (M/KG)
U.S. Information Agency
301 4th Street, S.W.
Room M-22
Washington, D.C. 20547

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Helpful Hints for Preparing Payment Requests

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Grant Terminology

Automated Clearing House (Utilized by Treasury Dept. to wire payments)
Cooperative Agreement
An agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value authorized by public statute and the government plays a substantial role.
Cost Sharing
That portion of a project or program costs not borne by the Federal Government.
Agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value to support a public purpose authorized by public statute. The Government is not the recipient of the good or service and does not play a substantial role.
Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
A method of charging costs which can not be directly identified.
Prior approval
Written approval by an authorized official evidencing prior consent.
Standard Form 269-used to prepare financial reports for a grant or cooperative agreement.
Standard Form 270-used to request advances or reimbursements for a grant or cooperative agreement.
An award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible subrecipient or by a subrecipient to a lower tier subrecipient. The term includes financial assistance when provided by any legal agreement, even if the agreement is called a contract, but does not include procurement of goods and services nor does it include any form of assistance which is excluded from the definition of award.
A legal entity to which a subaward is made and which is accountable to the recipient for the use of the funds provided.
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Contact Lisa Berry-Johnson at LBERRY@USIA.GOV or Connie Stinson at CSTINSON@USIA.GOV

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