Request for Grant Proposals: The English Access Microscholarship Program

Access Program Graduation in Bertoua

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon, 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 disadvantaged students, to include students from urban, rural and/or ethnic minority regions of Cameroon.

The Access Program is expected to fund two-years of after-school classes and enhancement activities for approximately 50 students, at a cost not to exceed $50,000. Local and international non-governmental organizations, language centers, and educational institutions may submit Grant Proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access Program in Cameroon.

If you are interested, please contact yaoundeirc2@state.gov, or call the U.S. Embassy at 222 201 500, ext. 4340 or 4207.

Program Information

Description:  The Access Program is designed to increase English language skills and capabilities among economically-disadvantaged youth.  It is also designed to introduce students to American culture and ideals.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) 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, 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 ideals.  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 ideals, including the U.S. values of volunteerism and community service.

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 students from socially disadvantaged families with English language classes at no cost;  2) Enabling these students to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through various enhancement activities;  3) Increasing students’ understanding of U.S. culture and ideals 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.

Background: Since its inception in 2011, the Access Program has been implemented in the following locations in Cameroon: Yaounde, Douala, Garoua, Maroua, Ngaoundere, Bafoussam, and Bertoua.

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.

Program Coordination

The Access Program will be administered by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde. For questions, please contact yaoundeirc2@state.gov

Program Deadline

To apply, please contact yaoundeirc2@state.gov for the proposal templates. Grant Proposals must be received by the same email address no later than Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2017.