English Language Programs Funding Opportunity 2023

The Public Relations and Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the US Embassy in Belgrade has announced an open competition for individuals and organizations from Serbia or the US to submit applications. English Small Grant Program.

To submit your application, read our detailed instructions: English Language Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2023. All required forms and documents can be downloaded from the Grants Program page. Please direct all applications, inquiries and other questions to BelgradeEL@state.gov. The application deadline is April 1, 2023. Check here for other PAS funding opportunities.

Purpose of the program

The U.S. Embassy recognizes that knowledge of English provides opportunities for Serbian citizens to improve their job prospects, expand their access to information and knowledge, and promote critical thinking and media literacy. Proposals should use English to address issues and challenges faced by the community, such as brain drain, limited employment opportunities, and the spread of disinformation. The proposal could also use English as a bridge to enhance communication and cooperation between neighboring countries within the Western Balkans, between Serbian citizens and the United States, or between Serbia and her EU member states.

Funding activities can be varied, including English camps, academic contests, cross-border exchanges, conferences, workshops, courses, exhibitions, app development, hackathons, online projects, simulations, role-playing activities, performances, or other activities. can take a shape. .

English microgrant proposals should be developed using the SMART logic model. The purpose of the activity is as follows. S.specific, M.measurable, Ahachievable, R.related to the problem or challenge; and T.ime-based, which means meeting by a certain date.

Pursuant to the Executive Order on Promoting Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, the proposal would allow programs to assess race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. You need to show how you promote fairness. Proposals should indicate how the program will engage with underserved communities and individuals in underserved communities. Proposals should demonstrate how addressing racial equality and underserved communities will enhance the goals and objectives of the program and the participant experience.

Grant recipients are expected to publicize their project activities, including through social media and traditional news outlets. Also, include the logo on project materials to highlight the support of the U.S. Embassy.

program theme

The embassy English We will focus specifically on the following themes: We’ve included ideas about what you can do with your project, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.

The embassy English We will focus specifically on the following themes: We’ve included ideas about what you can do with your project, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.

  1. Improved instruction. Strengthen English education at all educational levels (K-12 and college) through curriculum development, distance learning, new methodologies, new technologies, and more.
  2. Student English learning (high school or college level): Strengthen students’ critical thinking and/or media literacy skills through English activities. Prepares students to participate in international academic competitions held in English, such as Model United Nations (MUN) and Moot Courts. Or explain American society, culture and values ​​to students through English activities.
  3. Support for people with disabilities (PWD).

    1. Develop and improve the teaching of English for people with disabilities and learning disabilities (both within and outside the formal education system), including through the development of curricula, educational websites and applications, and other educational tools. Expand access to current/innovative trends and methodologies, including those that support distance learning.
    2. establish or strengthen ties between groups (students, teachers, businesses, civil society organizations) in the United States and Serbia and/or Serbia and the region (Western Balkans) and use English as a common language in all aspects of life; Promote equality for persons with disabilities.

  4. Improve employment prospects and promote economic development.

    1. English for Serbian Citizens to Find Jobs, with a focus on participants or beneficiaries who are economically disadvantaged students or adults, residents of rural areas, persons with disabilities (PWD), or members of other vulnerable groups Help you acquire skills.
    2. Support cultural and historical sites to attract more English-speaking visitors, thereby promoting local tourism and economic development.

  5. English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

    1. Support entrepreneurship and innovation in high school and college studies, including STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) through our English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program.
    2. ESP to individuals (college students, recent graduates, and professionals) in specific professions (including government, civil society, academia), academic disciplines (including science and technology, business, etc.), or other areas of interest relevant to the United States the purpose of the embassy to help them find jobs to provide guidance; liaise and engage with counterparts in other countries; Improve the quality of your writing to increase the likelihood that your research paper will be published in an academic or professional journal. Drafting a well-written grant proposal to seek funding for a scientific or academic research project.etc

  6. Progress towards EU accession/Western integration.

    1. Improve Serbian officials’ English proficiency, communicate with their EU counterparts, and accelerate Serbia’s progress towards EU membership and Western integration.
    2. Serbian civil society organizations work with their EU counterparts to move towards EU membership and Western integration, including in areas such as human rights protection, media freedom, environmental issues, rule of law and fighting corruption. support you to do so.

  7. Promoting regional cooperation and stability.

    1. Establish or strengthen links between English teaching professionals and institutions in the Western Balkans and promote cooperation in strengthening English teaching within the region.
    2. Promote mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among the people of the Western Balkans, including young people, through activities in English.
    3. Identify collaborative approaches to solving the problems and challenges facing the Western Balkans, using English as a common language.

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