Deadline: 26 May 2020
The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in New Delhi (PAS Delhi) is soliciting proposals from legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs.
The Regional English Language Office (RELO) is part of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy and is based at the American Center in New Delhi. RELO provides academic expertise, advisory and consultative assistance for English language teaching and learning throughout the country. RELO also has materials and resources to help teachers and learners.
RELO also engages in virtual programming through the E-teacher Scholarship Program, which consists of various 8-10 week, graduate-level online courses for select, small-group (25 maximum) English language educators led by reputable U.S. universities, companies, and individuals. RELO promotes American English live 60-minute biweekly webinars focusing on teaching tips and ideas, and free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that their Washington office creates.
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This funding opportunity seeks to bring together 45 Indian and Afghan Access administrators from ongoing programs along with representatives from potential partner organizations for a three and a half-day (3½-day) training program in India. This training will help the participants to get familiarized with new procedures, learn intricacies of the new application process, understand the strict financial regulations, and enhance their capacities to deliver the program as per required expectations. The prime objective of this PAS Delhi funded program is not just to strengthen the Access program implementation, but to emphasize the need to build in better evaluation procedures and alumni engagement strategies to gauge the program impact.
Project Goal: By the end of this training, participants will be comfortable with the new Access program procedures, reporting technicalities, and the new proposal submission process. It will be clear to them that the funding is contingent upon program implementation as per given guidelines and successful demonstration of impact not just on the lives of the recipients but also in term of attitudinal change in the community.
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- Effectively train (45) Access administrators from India and Afghanistan to write quality proposals for the next funding cycle (FY20), proactively plan around challenges, create well-integrated enhancement activities, and learn to self-evaluate their reports with an ECA/RELO lens to ensure quick approvals. The training site in India will require a final approval from the Regional English Language Office in New Delhi.
- Trained Access administrators subsequently submit better reporting and highlights, as evidenced by regular submission of said reports/highlights that are reviewed by the Access Country-wide manager.
- Trained Access administrators either reactivate an established Community of Practice, or form a new one, as evidenced by at least (4) group emails circulated and (1) conference call held each month.
- Contribute to an Alumni engagement strategy to ensure program participants receive continued support and opportunities
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- 45 Access Administrators from India and Afghanistan will participate in the three and a half-day training program.
- Over 80% of the new Access proposals will require limited edits. Over 80% of Access program funded providers will submit regular reports and highlights that will require limited edits before being submitted to cooperating agency in Washington and/or to the Office of English Language Programs.
- Over 80% of the participants will personally participate in quarterly virtual meetings (Zoom, skype other) or identify a suitable replacement to participate.
- Over 80% of the funded Access programs who have participated in the training will contribute to an Alumni-engagement strategy.
- Minimum Award Amount: $10,000
- Maximum Award Amount: $50,000
Project Audience: The primary beneficiaries are principal Access program administrators (signatories of the agreement as well as actual on-site coordinators) from ongoing as well as possible future program sites. Some of them are established leaders from national NGOs and universities (central as well as private) and the rest are emerging mid-career professionals.
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- The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Civil society/non-governmental organizations
- Think tanks
- Public and private educational institutions
- Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
- Please choose organization nationality and type: International Not-for-Profit Organization.
- Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
- Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.
- Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
Applicants must ensure:
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- All documents are in English
- All budgets are in U.S. dollars and calculated @ USD 1 = INR 68
- All pages are numbered
- All materials are submitted in .pdf format
- Applicant has read the Standard Terms and Conditions applicable to all Grants and Cooperative agreements. Included in the package here.
- Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are included in the package.
- Applicants submitting proposals over $100,000 must also submit Standard Form LLL (SF-LLL), Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325986