(Last Updated On: January 18, 2023)

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade announces an open competition for individuals and organizations from Serbia or the U.S. to submit applications for the English Language Small Grants Program.

In order to submit your application please read detailed instructions: English Language Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2023. All necessary forms and documents are available for download on the grants programs page. Applications, inquiries and all other questions should be sent to BelgradeEL@state.gov. Applications deadline April 1, 2023. Please check for information on other PAS funding opportunities here.

Program Objectives

The U.S. Embassy recognizes that knowledge of the English language offers opportunities to improve job prospects for Serbia’s citizens, expand access to information and knowledge, and promote critical thinking and media literacy.  Proposals should use English to address problems or challenges faced by your community, such as brain drain, limited job opportunities, or the spread of disinformation.  Proposals may also utilize English as a bridge for increased communication and cooperation among neighbors within the Western Balkans, between citizens of Serbia and the United States, or between people from Serbia and EU member states.

Grant activities may take any number of forms, including English language camps, academic competitions, cross-border exchanges, conferences, workshops, courses, exhibits, app development, hackathons, online projects, simulations, role-playing activities, performances, or other activities.

English language small grants proposals should be crafted with a S.M.A.R.T. logic model. The objective of your activity should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant to the problem or challenge, and Time-based, meaning that you will meet them by a certain date.

In accordance with the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, proposals should demonstrate how the program advances equity with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. The proposal should also demonstrate how the program will further engagement in underserved communities and with individuals from underserved communities. Proposals should demonstrate how addressing racial equity and underserved communities will enhance the program’s goals and objectives, as well as the experience of participants.

Grantees are expected to publicize project activities, including through social media and/or traditional press outlets; and highlight U.S. Embassy support, with our logo included on project-related materials.

Program Themes

The Embassy seeks applications that use English language to focus specifically on the themes below.  We have included ideas about what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.

The Embassy seeks applications that use English language to focus specifically on the themes below.  We have included ideas about what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.

  1. IMPROVING INSTRUCTION. Strengthen English language teaching at all educational levels (K-12 and university), including through curriculum development, distance learning, new methodologies, new technologies, etc.
  2. ENGAGING STUDENTS IN ENGLISH (HIGH SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY LEVEL): Strengthen critical thinking and/or media literacy skills of students through English language activities; prepare students for participation in international academic competitions conducted in English, e.g., Model UN (Model United Nations), moot court, etc.; or explain American society, culture, and values to students through English language activities.
    1. Develop and improve English language teaching (either inside or outside the formal educational system) for PWDs and learning difficulties, including through development of curriculum, educational websites and applications, and other educational tools; expanding access to current/innovative trends and methodologies, including those that assist with distance learning.
    2. Establish or strengthen connections between U.S. and Serbian and/or Serbian and regional (Western Balkan) groups – students, teachers, businesses, civil society organizations – using English as the common language to promote equality of PWDs in all aspects of life.
    1. Help citizens of Serbia develop English language skills to find jobs, with a focus on participants or beneficiaries who are economically disadvantaged students and adults, residents of rural communities, persons with disabilities (PWDs), or members of other vulnerable populations.
    2. Assist cultural and historical sites to attract more English-speaking visitors and thereby promote local tourism and economic development.
    1. Support entrepreneurship and innovation among high school and university studies, including in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) through English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs.
    2. Provide ESP instruction to individuals (university students, recent graduates, and professionals) in certain professions (including government, civil society, academia), academic fields (including science and technology, business, etc.), or other areas of interest related to U.S. Embassy objectives in order to help them find jobs; communicate and engage with counterparts in other countries; improve the quality of writing to improve the chances their research papers will be published in academic or professional journals; draft well-written grant proposals to seek funding for scientific or academic research projects; etc.
    1. Improve Serbian officials’ English language skills to communicate with EU counterparts and accelerate Serbia’s progress toward EU membership and western integration.
    2. Help Serbian civil society organizations engage with EU counterparts to make progress toward EU membership and western integration, including in the areas of human rights protection, media freedom, environmental issues, rule of law, combating corruption, etc.
    1. Establish or strengthen connections among English language teaching professionals and institutions from countries of the Western Balkans to promote cooperation in strengthening English language instruction within the region.
    2. Promote mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect among peoples of the Western Balkans – including young people – through English language activities.
    3. Identify joint approaches to solving problems or challenges facing the Western Balkans using English as the common language.

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