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Program Description

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program are pleased to announce funding available for follow-on projects following the Projects for All workshop. The follow-on grant projects are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. YES, YES Abroad, and FLEX alumni are eligible to apply for project funds of up to $500 per alumnus/a (and up to a maximum of $3,000 for group projects for groups with more than 6 alumni) to organize post-workshop activities that contribute to the achievement of rights, inclusion, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the alumnus/a’s community.

Grant Recipient's Responsibilities

- To develop and conduct the project in a YES or FLEX program country.

- To submit a completed summary of the project with pictures to American Councils within two weeks of the end of the project via an online form.

- To submit project receipts and financial report to American Councils within two weeks of the end of the project, utilizing documents that will be provided.

- To promote the project through local YES/FLEX offices, social media, and other sources, when possible.

Any materials published through funded projects should carry the following acknowledgment:
Support for this publication/conference/workshop was provided in part by the YES/FLEX program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. The opinions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily express the views of ECA, U.S. Embassies, or American Councils for International Education.

Timeline

November 13-December 6: Application period

December 7-18: Application evaluation and follow-up + official notification

Approximately January 15: Transfer of funds

January 15-June 15: Project implementation period

Selection Process

Competition for the program is merit-based. Selection will be based upon the following criteria:

1. Objectives:

How does the project contribute to achievement of the rights, inclusion, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the applicant’s home country? 

2. Constituency:

Does the applicant demonstrate the need for this project among the constituency it is intended to serve?

Will the project increase full inclusion and equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the applicants’ community or country?  

Will people with disabilities be significantly involved in the design and implementation of the project (i.e., project contributors vs. only as beneficiaries)?

3. Feasibility:

Is the proposal well-developed financially? Has a well-researched and accurate budget been submitted?

Does the proposal describe the plans and budget for disability-related accommodations to make project activities and information accessible? (Examples: accessible venue [if in-person]; professional and qualified sign language interpreters and/or captioners; accessibility features of zoom, social media, YouTube, etc.; visual/print/electronic materials in accessible formats.)

Does the proposal include cost-sharing?

Are potential problems, risks, and/or challenges addressed within the proposal?

Can the project be accomplished within the time frame?

If the project involves activities that extend beyond the project period or the organization of a permanent structure, what are the plans for sustaining the proposal’s future activities?

4. Results:

How realistic are the proposal’s expectations?

Can the results be measured in qualitative as well as quantitative terms?

How will results be shared with others?

Projects that relate directly to the information, training, and lessons learned during the August Crip Camp Workshop and/or the Projects for All Workshop are preferable. Alumni working in teams or with local partners will also receive preferential consideration.

Please note that grant funds are not intended for purchases of technology equipment, T-shirts, alumni salaries, gifts/donations, or alcohol, nor may funds be used to support political activities working for or against a specific candidate or party.

Financial Terms

Follow-on project funds will be distributed through local YES/FLEX offices and/or through wire transfers. For any grant awards over $500, 80% will be distributed up front, and the remaining 20% will be sent upon the completion of all grant reporting and accounting. Fund recipients must provide a budget and budget narrative which accurately reflects the proposed costs of the project as part of the application. Amendments and additions made to the budget after submission must be approved by American Councils staff.

ALL FOLLOW ON PROJECT GRANT MONEY MUST BE SPENT AND PROJECT ACTIVITIES COMPLETED BY JUNE 15, 2021. ALL RECEIPTS AND FINANCIAL REPORTING MUST BE SUBMITTED TO AMERICAN COUNCILS WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT.

Helpful Resources

Projects for All Content Hub

Crip Camp Workshop

MIUSA Resources:

Guiding Principles for Excellence in Development and Disability Inclusion

Disability-Inclusive Youth Programs

Making Inclusive a Reality

Budgeting for Inclusion and Reasonable Accommodations Accessible Virtual Exchange

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