In 2017 STARTALK will offer a new pilot program titled STARTALK World Language Support Grants. Up to 10 grants will be awarded, each having a value of up to $10,000. The goals of this initiative include the following:
- Expand flexibility for support to schools or other institutions that seek to offer educational opportunities in less-commonly taught languages but are not equipped to sponsor full-scale STARTALK programs
- Remain consistent with STARTALK’s mission of expanding national capacity in critical languages, through programs that maintain high academic standards and offer wide access to students and teachers across the nation
- Open up opportunities to support programs with widely spoken languages that are not yet commonly taught in the United States
- Provide a new venue to support innovative ideas in world language education
- The STARTALK World Language Support Grant Program is intended to enhance support to widely spoken languages that are not commonly taught in the United States, especially those that have few teaching resources. Examples of eligible languages include Hausa, Yoruba, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Thai but are not limited to that set. Among the existing STARTALK languages, proposals for Persian, Turkish, Swahili, and Dari will be considered. More widely taught STARTALK languages, such as Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Russian, Portuguese, and Korean will not be eligible for this pilot program.
A proposal form will be available online starting on September 26, 2016.
Please review the following requirements in preparation for your submission:
- Any institution hosting educational programs, such as a public or private school, college, or university, heritage school, or educational camp may submit a proposal.
- The proposal should clearly state the following:
- Objectives for the use of grant funds
- The amount of the requested grant
- How grant funds will be used
- Name and location of the institution that is requesting the grant
- Name and qualifications of the individual who will be responsible for administering the grant
- Location where the grant will be used
- The time period during which the grant will be used
- Number of students and/or teachers who are expected to benefit from the grant
- Expected impact of the grant
Criteria for Acceptance
- Is the grant proposal consistent with the STARTALK mission of expanding the teaching and learning of less-commonly taught languages?
- Is the proposal realistic, that is, can the proposed objectives be achieved with the requested funds within the time frame of the grant period?
- Does the individual who will be responsible for administering the grant have experience in language teaching?
- What is the short-term and long-term impact of the grant on the community?
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