Request for Grant Proposals: The English Access Microscholarship Program

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy N’Djamena announces an open competition for Grant Proposals for the administration of the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), which provides English-language instruction to 14 to 18-year-old disadvantaged pupils, to include pupils from urban, rural and/or ethnic minority regions of Chad.

The Access program is expected to fund two-years of after-school classes and enhancement activities for approximately 100 pupils, at a cost of no more than approximately USD 100,000. Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions may submit Grant Proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access program in Chad.

If you wish to submit a Grant Proposal, request proposal templates from the program coordinator listed below.

Program Information

Description: The Access program is designed to increase English language skills and capabilities among economically-disadvantaged youth.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to, 14 to 18-year-old pupils from economically disadvantaged sectors through afterschool classes and enhancement activities. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their country, and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs.

Project Overview:   The grantee organization will be expected to provide selected groups of students with two years of after-school English language instruction and enhancement activities, e.g. at least 180 hours of instruction per year or a minimum 360 hours, aimed at improving students overall English language proficiency in the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading. In addition to providing quality instruction in the English language to Access students, grantees will be encouraged to conduct enhancement activities with content that gives the participants insights into, and an appreciation for, U.S. culture and democratic values.  These activities could involve such things as public speaking or debate clubs; lessons on U.S. society and culture (celebrations of American holidays); community awareness activities, including civic education classes; community service and advocacy discussions and activities, including Global Youth Service Day; and English-language summer camps.  Enhancement activities should be designed to help students better understand U.S. society and values, including the U.S. values of volunteerism and community service.  In addition to providing quality instruction in the English language to Access students, workshops must include content that gives the participants insights into, and an appreciation for, U.S. culture and democratic values.

Objectives: The overall objective of the Access program is to enhance the English-language skills of disadvantaged youth and thereby develop increased self confidence, stronger critical thinking skills and opportunities to study or obtain jobs.

Specific objectives include: 1)  Providing pupils from socially disadvantaged families with  English language classes at no cost; 2) Enabling these pupils to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through various enhancement activities; 3) Increasing students’ understanding of U.S. culture and values through enrichment activities; 4) Enabling students with improved  English language skills to successfully participate in U.S. government-funded academic exchange programs and other public diplomacy initiatives.

Administration: Grantee organizations are expected to keep administration costs to a minimum. Please note that administration costs may not exceed 10% of the total budget. Grantee organizations are also encouraged to consider cost-sharing. A cost-share template is available from the program coordinator.

Program Coordination

The Access program will be administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. For questions or to submit your Grant Proposals please contact: Jean-Marie Makely at MakelyJM@state.gov.

Program Deadline

Please submit your Grant Proposals before October 11, 2019.