Education and Culture Sub-Awards - Frequently Asked Questions

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Interested in applying for an Education and Culture Sub-Award? Learn all you need to know about the application process, proposal writing tips, and important eligibility requirements in our following sessions live or recorded:

  • Education & Culture Sub-Award Information and Building Lasting Partnerships - Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2pm ET - Register here. 
  • How do I Apply? Navigating the Sub-Award Website - Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 3pm ET - Register here
  • Building Blocks of Budget Creation and Management - Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 2pm ET - Register here

Competition Eligibility

1. What are the eligibility requirements? 

2. What is a DUNS number? How can I check if I have one or how can I get one?

3. If I received an Education & Culture grant in the past, am I eligible to receive funding?

5. Must grant recipients receive approval from and/or partner with embassies in countries where they intend to carry out the proposed activities? 

General Information 

1. For what purposes may a Chapter/affiliate organization apply for a sub-award? Are there specific themes? 

2. Why does the Education and Culture program encourage the use of subaward funding for educational activities with teachers, and adults, such as community leaders, rather than directly with children in need? 

3. Why does the Education and Culture program require matching funds equal or greater than the amount sought? 

4. Can you please elaborate on the specific selection criteria used by the review committee?

5. What limitations are there due to the COVID pandemic?

6. Are there age restrictions for Project Directors?

7. For how many projects can I apply/be a team member?

Application Process 

1. Why do I need to have an account on the sub-award application website WizeHive that is separate from my PartnersConnect account? 

2. I am ready to submit my Education and Culture sub-award application, but I am experiencing technical difficulties. What should I do?

Budgetary Considerations 

Read more about funding guidelines here.

Find the budget template here. You must use this template in your application.

Attend/review the recording of our informational session on the Building Blocks of Budget Creation and Management - Thursday, January 20 at 2pm ET - Register here.

1. I’m not sure if my proposed project costs are compliant. Where can I check on this?

2. Can Education and Culture funding be used for emergency cash assistance?

3. May we use funding from the sub-award to pay compensation for services, honoraria, fees or salary to help organize and carry out the project? 

4. After a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or mudslide, our chapter often wants to fund relief, reconstruction or construction. Will the Education and Culture program assist? 

5. Is it possible to use Education and Culture funds to organize and carry out a workshop or a conference? 

6. How will my team be asked to manage the grant funds/budget? 

7. How will Education & Culture funds be distributed to the project implementors? 

8. How do I get a DUNS number, as required to receive funding? 

9. What taxes will need to be paid on these funds? 

10. Can my team seek out funds from other sources  not included in the original budget proposal?

11. Can a project implementors report the time they commit to the project as cost share?  


The Education and Culture Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.