Grant Opportunity: Administration of English Access Microscholarship Program

Providing Skills-Based English Instruction

The Regional English Language Office (RELO), based at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, announces an open competition for grant proposals to administer the English Access Microscholarship Program, known familiarly as Access.  Access provides skills-based English instruction that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects.  The program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and values.  Access South Africa reached economically-disadvantaged learners at secondary school during their grade nine and grade ten years.
The grant will fund a minimum of 360 hours of instruction over a period of eighteen to twenty-four months.    The Access program combines after-school classes, enhancement activities, and intensive sessions for approximately 25 students per class, at a cost of no more than a $40,000 U.S. per class.  Non-governmental organizations and educational institutions may submit grant proposals to design, implement, administer, and evaluate the Access program in South Africa.

Organizations may bid to implement more than one Access class/cohort, up to USD $400,000.  Bids to manage fewer than three classes/cohorts will not be accepted.

To request the complete application package, send an email to or download the documents.


Applications must be received by July 10, 2018.