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Global Media Makers (GMM)

Cooperative Agreement to USA Nonprofits for Professional
Development Activities for Media Producers

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges

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03/16/21 11:59 PM, Washington, DC time


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Cooperative agreement to USA nonprofit organizations for professional development activities for media producers. Applicants are advised that the required registrations can take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended for an innovative program for television, film, and online episodic content creators from participating countries to enhance their creative skills.

The Global Media Makers (GMM) program seeks to elevate creative voices, crucial to building strong civil societies, by utilizing film and television to amplify issues such as, but not limited to, freedom of expression, pluralism, tolerance, women’s and youth empowerment.

GMM will connect approximately 12 to 18 mid-career film and television professionals ("Fellows”) from approximately six to eight countries with leading U.S. entertainment and media professionals (“Mentors”). These Mentors will facilitate behind-the-scenes access, bolster participants’ technical skills and creative content development, and build the foundations for lasting professional networks. This program will focus on in-development film, television, and online episodic content (“projects”) and match Fellows’ areas of interest with Mentor expertise. Fellows will travel to the U.S. for a four-to-six week residency, which will primarily take place in Los Angeles to work on projects with Mentors and receive state-of-the-art-training and industry access to support conceptual development of independent, authentic, and compelling content for distribution in their home countries.

Following the residency, Mentors will travel to a select number of the Fellows’ home countries, when possible, for continued creative consultation and engagement. Both Mentors and Fellows will mutually benefit from the extended creative and professional development, which will promote critical thinking and dialogue, which will lead to greater creative and entrepreneurial connections. Additionally, GMM will support current Fellows and past alumni through professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, film festival support, micro grants, networking activities, technical and creative guidance.

For proposal planning purposes and GMM continuity, the program should primarily include participants from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asia, as well as Turkey. Participants from sub-Saharan Africa and other regions throughout the world are eligible to be considered in consultation with ECA. The Bureau also reserves the right to modify the target regions or to add or exclude countries from the program based on Department priorities and other considerations.

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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.

Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one award, in an amount up to $1,300,000, to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Approximate FY 2021 GMM Timeline:
- September -– December 2021: Program start-up and research.
- January -– April 2022: On-the-ground media landscape assessments for participating countries. Identify nominating organizations and individuals. Nomination process begins.
- May -– June 2022: Selection process of 12 to 18 foreign participants, alternates and mentor teams. Residency logistics.
- June — September 2022: Visa submissions for participants and travel and residency logistics.
- September -– October 2022: Travel to the U.S. by foreign participants and Los Angeles residency
- November 2022 – June 2023: Mentors and Fellows continue creative engagement through in-person and virtual exchange. Simultaneously, other alumni and follow-on activities will continue throughout this time.
- July -– August 2023: Final evaluations of the program will be conducted and released.

Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site. Applicants are strongly recommend not to wait until the application deadline to begin the submission process through

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete.

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be registered in Please ensure that your UEI (Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS) number is included in the appropriate box of the SF – 424 which is part of the formal application package.

Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition; however, ECA encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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U.S. Department of State
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Washington, DC 20522-0582
Tel: (202) 632-6000
Fax: (202) 632-6475

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