English Language Teaching and Learning Small Grants Program

English Language Teaching and Learning Small Grants Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kosovo is announcing the 2018 English Language Teaching and Learning Small Grants Program. U.S. Embassy Pristina’s Public Affairs Section will award a series of small grants to support higher education institutions and NGOs through their engagement in building capacities amongst students and English Language teachers by promoting economic development, inter-ethnic communication, and international integration. The closing date for applications is July 9, 2018.

The English Language Small Grants Program will be dedicated to projects targeted at topics such as:

  • Supporting global citizenship in English language classrooms (including building tolerance and improving civic participation)
  • Establishing programs that teach English for Specific Purposes to increase employment opportunities
  • Promoting student-centered learning through English teaching
  • Training of trainers (ToT) through activities such as: academic writing, public speaking, critical/creative thinking and English language teaching
  • Supporting collaboration, including possible visits, between U.S. experts and Kosovo education institutions in the field of English language teaching
  • Establishing cooperation with English Language Departments in the region, sharing best practices, enhancing engagement of newer teaching faculty within departments and creating opportunities for them to network with colleagues from the region and/or initiate networking and collaboration through academic staff and senior students representatives
  • Integrating technology in English language classrooms
  • Other activities that promote the development and advancement of English language learning

The English Language Program does NOT fund projects as follows:

  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Humanitarian assistance projects
  • Projects that take more than a year to implement
  • Projects that duplicate existing projects being implemented by an organization
  • Projects submitted by commercial organizations
  • Projects that aim to support partisan political activity
  • Conferences and individual trips abroad
  • Trade activities

PLEASE NOTE: U.S. organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under this program.

Evaluation Process:

A review committee from the U.S. Embassy will evaluate proposals against the criteria described below.  It will take the committee up to two months after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process.

Evaluation Criteria:

The English Language Small Grants Program committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization/institution has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The organization has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.
  • The project’s idea and approach are innovative, yet capable of being completed with the program period. Proposed project activities must be concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan.
  • The project’s budget is well organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.
  • The project proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure maximum sustainability of the project’s results after its completion.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.

Specific Guidelines:

  • Grant awards will range from 4,000 – 24,000 USD.
  • Grants are made on a one-time basis.  A successful applicant may re-apply for a second grant, but the second proposal must be for a distinctly different project than the project/s funded by other grants offered by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina or the U.S. Government.
  • The application requires a detailed description of the activity for which grant funds are being requested and a detailed budget proposal broken down by expenditure category; otherwise it will not be considered.

 How to Apply?

Applicants must complete the standard application form in English and send it in Word or PDF format. The forms are available for download on the website. No applications will be accepted in WinZIP or WinRAR.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Instructions (read instructions to fill out the application form)
  • Completed electronic version of the application using format provided on the website (to be signed) – mandatory)
  • SF242 I – Application for Federal Assistance – (Individual) 
  • SF242 I – Instructions 
  • SF 424 A – Budget Information (Non-Construction Programs)
  • SF 424 B – Assurances (Non-Construction Programs)
  • Documentation that proves that the institution of higher educationis accredited by the Kosovo Agency of Accreditation – (mandatory) or NGO registration letter (for NGOs only)
  • List of Board members – mandatory
  • CVs of the implementation team members, one page maximum – mandatory
  • Detailed work-plan – mandatory
  • Letters of support – optional

An electronic version of the application should be e-mailed to the following e-mail address:
To PristinaEnglishLanguageProgram@state.gov
Subject: APPLICATION + University or NGO Name
Applications submitted after the deadline will be disqualified.