The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda, has announced an open competition for grant proposals for the administration and implementation of the English Access Micro Scholarship Program (Access), which provides supplemental English-language instruction to high potential but disadvantaged students 14 – 18 years old.
The Access Program is expected to fund two years of after-school classes and enhancement activities for a cohort of 25 students at a total cost of not more than $30,000 USD. The cohort should be executed in the peri-urban regions of Jinja. Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions registered in Uganda may submit grant proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access Program.
The English Access Micro Scholarship Program (Access) is designed to increase language skills of 14 -18 year-old students from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and engaging enhancement activities or intensive programs during school holidays. In addition to enhanced language skills, Access students will gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic ideals, strengthen critical thinking skills and self-confidence, and deepen their community engagement.
The Access program opens opportunities for further study and/or employment and helps build civic engagement and resilience to delinquency or extremist ideologies.
Grantee organizations will be expected to provide selected groups of students with two years of after-school English language instruction and enhancement activities aimed at improving students’ overall English language proficiency in the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
Implementation must include at least 180 hours of instruction per year or a minimum of 360 hours for the two-year program. In addition to providing quality instruction in English language to Access students, grantee organizations will be expected to conduct enhancement activities with content that gives the participants insights into U.S. culture and democratic ideals, builds confidence and critical thinking abilities, and enhances entrepreneurship and computer skills among others.
The overall objective of the Access Program is to enhance the English-language skills of talented but disadvantaged youth and thereby develop increased self-confidence, strengthen critical thinking skills, and enhance opportunities for future study or employment.
Specific objectives include:
- Providing high potential students from socially disadvantaged families with English language classes at no cost.
- Enabling these students to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through various enhancement activities.
- Increasing students’ understanding of U.S. culture and ideals through enrichment activities.
- Increasing opportunities for students with improved English language skills to successfully participate in U.S. government-funded academic exchange programs and other public diplomacy initiatives.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,000
- Award Ceiling: $30,000
- The Public Affairs Office seeks to notify applicants of funding decisions within six to eight weeks following an application deadline. The timing of approvals is, however, subject to the availability of funds.
Note: Funding for approved proposals will not be available immediately. The allocation of funds can take up to two months once all award paperwork has been completed.
Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions registered in Uganda may submit grant proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access Program.
Technical Requirements for eligibility:
- All organizations applying for an award must have the following registrations:
- Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
- NATO Commercial and Government Entity(CAGE/NCAGE) code.
- System for Award Management (SAM.gov)(If you have applied and have not yet received the registration number, provide proof of application).
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335060