English Language for Professional Journalists in Kazakhstan

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Funding Opportunity ID: 327597
Opportunity Number: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-20-006
Opportunity Title: English Language for Professional Journalists in Kazakhstan
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: To support the interest of journalists in developing their English language skills, the Embassy of the United States has supported English courses for journalists in eight cities of Kazakhstan. On the basis of this previous experience, the Embassy intends to continue an English language program, and enhance the established informal network between professionals to support them in further learning English to help advance their careers. The Embassy of the United States of America is seeking applications from qualified educational institutions or non-profit organizations to implement the program entitled “English Language for Professional Journalists in Kazakhstan.”
CFDA Number(s): 19.900
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This funding opportunity is limited to non-governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations registered in Kazakhstan. Applications from organizations registered outside of Kazakhstan, political groups carrying out partisan activities, and charity organizations will not be considered. Only one concept paper may be submitted per eligible organization or individual. Kazakhstan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
Agency Code: DOS-KAZ
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan
Posted Date: Jun 09, 2020
Close Date: Jul 09, 2020
Last Updated Date: Jun 09, 2020
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $140,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Description: The Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan supports the aspirations of the government of Kazakhstan to develop the professionalism of Kazakhstani journalists and expand knowledge of the English language as it becomes a trilingual society.Many Kazakhstani media outlets require fluent English-speaking staff to verify information and gather sources, including interviews or research. Meanwhile, the number of professional journalists able to fluently operate not only in Russian and Kazakh, but also in English is limited. To address this need, the Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan will support a program that will incorporate both training in the English language and the exchange of practical journalism experience among participants and alumni of the program. This will encourage the exchange of skills and knowledge, and help create a community of like-minded professionals.The successful applicant will efficiently manage and implement at least six months of English language courses for journalists to help them to improve their English language skills necessary for professional needs. The English language courses should be held in at least seven different cities of Kazakhstan. In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for establishing and running local English clubs that will bring together current participants and alumni of the program in the cities where the program has been running for over 2 years. The implementing partner will be responsible for: ensuring the quality of the courses at each location; updating a database of students; engaging alumni; recruiting and training qualified instructors; assessing students before, during, and after the program; and gathering feedback.
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