WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) intends to award 40 grants to U.S. organizations during the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, totaling just over $20 million. Individual grants range from approximately $120,000 to $1,800,000 and support organizations that embody ASHA’s legislative mandate to promote civil society, foster exchange, mutual understanding and cultivate deeper relationships with the United States.
Of ASHA’s $20 million, approximately $11 million will assist eighteen hospital and medical centers and $9 million will assist twenty-two secondary and higher education institutions and libraries globally. Just under $10 million will support twelve institutions in Africa and nine institutions in Asia. Roughly $2 million will support four institutions in Europe/Eurasia and two institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Close to $8.5 million will support thirteen institutions in the Middle East.
USAID/ASHA provides support for capital improvement projects and the purchase of durable commodities to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstrations centers for American ideas and practices. Since its authorization in 1947, USAID/ASHA has assisted more than 250 institutions in over 70 countries that promote civil society, participation, inclusiveness, innovation, scientific advancement, and critical thinking. USAID/ASHA helps these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships and mutual understanding among citizens of the United States and other countries.