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Foreign Assistance to American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
United States Agency for International Development
CFDA #: 98.006

Criteria for selecting proposals...

1. The applicant should be a nonprofit U.S. organization, which either founded or sponsors the institution for which assistance is sought. Preferably, the applicant should be tax-exempt under Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The applicant must demonstrate a continuing supportive relationship with the institution. Evidence of this would be the provision of financial and management support for the institution. 2. An instruction program must serve the secondary or higher level and must reflect American educational ideas and practices (education at the elementary school level will not be supported). A school offering a broad-based academic program must include instruction on the history, geography, political science, cultural institutions or economics of the United States. English should be used in instruction or taught as a second language. However, the foregoing subject matter and language requirements need not apply to a school offering a specialized course of study. 3. Institutions are expected to reflect favorably upon and to increase understanding of the United States. 4. A hospital center, in addition to being a treatment facility, must be involved in medical education and research. Programs for post graduate training of staff in the United States and programs for the exchange of personnel with American institutions will be regarded as evidence of ability to demonstrate American ideas and practices in medicine. 5. The faculty and staff of a school or a hospital center should include a significant number of U.S. citizens or other persons trained in U.S. institutions who are in residence and teaching at the school or hospital on either a full-time or part-time basis. 6. The majority of the users of any institution, e.g. students or patients, must be citizens of countries other than the U.S. 7. An existing institution must demonstrate competence in professional skills and must exhibit sound management and financial practices. An applicant for a new institution must demonstrate the ability to achieve professional competence and to operate in accordance with sound management and financial practices. 8. The institution must be open to all persons regardless of race, religion, sex, color or national origin. (The above shall not be construed to require enrollment of students of both sexes at an educational institution enrolling boys or girls only.) Assistance may not be used to train persons for religious pursuits or to construct buildings or other facilities intended for worship or religious instruction. 9. The institution must be located outside the U.S. and should not be under the control or management of a government or any of its agencies. The receipt of financial or other assistance from a government or government agency or the observance of national educational or medical standards required by the country where the institution is located does not in itself mean that the institution is under the control or management of such government. 10. An applicant requesting capital construction assistance must provide information sufficient to permit a firm estimate of the total cost to the U.S. Government of the construction for which assistance is requested. Such an application must also provide information and assurances with respect to rights to the land on which construction is planned. 11. To help achieve the objectives of the Foreign Assistance Act and ensure that the American schools and Hospitals Abroad program is as geographically balanced as possible, special consideration will be given to applications for institutions which increase the geographic distribution of the program and contribute to the economic and social progress of areas that are the focus of A.I.D.'s development efforts.