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 USAID SEED Program RFP Now Available Online 


AACC is pleased to announce opportunities for U.S. community colleges to participate in the USAID SEED Program (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program)  funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED). This program is  built on the successful CASS Program to support economic and social development throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

SEED scholarships provide training to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically under-served populations, including women and ethnic/Indigenous groups, to become key protagonists in their countries' development. Moreover, the program significantly enhances public diplomacy efforts of the United States government by ensuring that participants learn firsthand about the fundamentals of civil society and free market economy. Countries currently participating in the program are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.

There are three separate RFP opportunities:

(1) 2-Year Technical Training;
(2) Mexican Teachers (program conducted entirely in Spanish);
(3) Central American/DR Teachers (program conducted entirely in Spanish).

Each opportunity is a stand alone RFP and only one proposal will be accepted from a College per year; please pick which opportunity your College would like to respond to and respond to only that one. This RFP is for a Cooperative Agreement and will be competed on an annual basis, with this year's technical training focused on Trade Relations and Basic Education.

Please submit any questions regarding the proposal, in writing to by no later than February 9, 2009. See for more information. Application deadline is February 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST.

AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

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