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STARTALK Summer Education Program Grants


Sponsored by National Foreign Language Center and National Security Administration

Contact:The National Foreign Language Center
Rivertech Bldg. Ste. 250
5700 Rivertech Ct.
Riverdale, MD 20737

Phone: 301.405.9828
Fax: 301.314.0244
Email: (For questions)
Description:The National Foreign Language Center, based at the University of Maryland, is inviting proposals from schools, postsecondary institutions, school districts, state and regional educational agencies, language associations, and community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project through summer programs that follow best practices in language instruction. STARTALK language fields are Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. All summer programs must take place in the United States; funding is not provided for programs abroad. Programs involve students and teachers in kindergarten through grade 12 or at the undergraduate college level. All participants in teacher programs must be current teachers of STARTALK languages or planning to teach a STARTALK language. Participants representing non-STARTALK languages or other disciplines are not allowed.

Proposals for three types of summer programs are accepted. The cap for award funding is based on the program composition.
1. Independent proposal: standalone student or teacher program with its own budget.
2. Combination proposal: combined student-teacher program with a single budget.
3. Collaborative proposal: student or teacher program with its own budget, but planned to collaborate closely with one or more STARTALK programs. For this type of proposal, the budget must include a cost-sharing effects addendum that explains how plans for collaboration allow a program to share costs with collaborator(s) and reduce individual budgets. However, all collaborators may not receive funding and each program should be prepared for that possibility.

Preference will be given to student programs lasting three weeks or longer and providing at least 90 hours of instruction time. STARTALK has observed that programs of this duration have more successful outcomes than one- or two-week programs. Although there is no minimum number of students required for a program, less than 10 students is not considered cost effective; past programs have typically planned for at least 20 participants. Face-to-face segments of the program may not begin before June 1; however, online sessions, curriculum and lesson planning, and instructor training workshops may occur prior to June 1. Grants are for a one-year period, and all activities must be completed and programs closed by February 28 of the following year.

A STARTALK proposal is made up of several components: the program form; the narrative form; and the contracting, budget, and insurance forms. All forms, explanations, and requirements are provided on the STARTALK grant application website. All proposals must be submitted using the online system by the deadline.

STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative. The mission of STARTALK is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages by offering students in kindergarten through grade 16 with creative language education; and providing teachers of STARTALK target languages with best practices in language teacher development.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Grants up to $90,000 are awarded for independent and collaborative proposals, and up to $112,500 for combination proposals.
Deadline(s):The online proposal submission system will open in the fall, and proposals are anticipated to be due in November 2015. Check the website for the exact deadline.
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Higher Ed, 9-12
Content Area(s): World Languages
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Global Awareness
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