Notice of Funding Opportunity: The English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania announces an open competition for grant proposals for the administration of the English Access Microscholarship Program (‘Access’), which provides English-language instruction to 13 to 20 year-old economically-disadvantaged students.

The Access cooperative sub-agreement is expected to fund two years of after-school classes and enhancement activities for up to 25 pupils per class, at a cost of no more than a total of $25,000 per class. Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions may submit Grant Proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access Program in Tanzania. Multiple classes may be proposed by a single institution, but the maximum funding request considered will be $80,000.

Program Information
Since its inception in 2004, the English Access Microscholarship Program has graduated over 100,000 students from more than 80 countries. Since 2011, it has been implemented in the following regions of Tanzania: Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Mwanza, Tanga, and Zanzibar.

The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to 13-20 year-old students from economically-disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and enhancement activities. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic ideals, develop leadership and community-service skills, increase their capability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their country, and enhance their competitiveness for other U.S. exchange and study programs.

The Access Provider will be expected to provide students with two years (360 hours) of after-school English language instruction and enhancement activities aimed at improving students overall English language proficiency. In addition to providing quality project-based instruction in the English language, providers will be encouraged to conduct enhancement activities with content that gives the participants insights into, and an appreciation for, U.S. culture and democratic ideals. These activities might include lessons on U.S. society and culture, including celebrations of American holidays; public speaking or debate clubs; community awareness activities, including civic education classes; community service and advocacy discussions and projects; and English-language summer camps. Enhancement activities should be designed to help students better understand U.S. society and ideals, including the U.S. values of volunteerism and community service.

Budget
Applicants can apply for no more than a total of $25,000 per class. Multiple classes may be proposed by a single applicant, but the maximum funding request considered will be $80,000. Access Providers are expected to keep administration costs to a minimum; specifically, administration costs may not exceed 10% of the total budget. Applicants are encouraged to consider cost-sharing.

Application Process
The Access Program will be administered by RELO. Interested institutions must submit proposals using a standard template, which can be requested from relodar@state.gov. Completed proposals must be returned to the same email address (relodar@state.gov) by June 15, 2018. Applicants can expect to be notified of the status of their requests by August 2018. Selected Access classes are expected to begin by January 2019.

Further questions, please contact Laura Shayo at shayoly@state.gov.