English for Heritage Language Speakers Grants to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education


The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is designed to provide intensive English language instruction for U. S. citizens who are native speakers of critical languages. The goal of the program is to enable participants to reach professional working proficiency in English, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level. The program equips participants with the ability to read, write, speak, and listen at a superior level in an effort to build a critical base of future leaders to serve in the federal government service and the broader professional community.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 Defense Language Initiatives - English for Heritage Language Speakers Program
50 U.S.C. 1901-1911.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any accredited U.S. institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1141(a) is eligible to apply for a grant. This includes 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, both public and private. Other organizations, associations, agencies, and foreign institutions may be included in proposals but may not be direct recipients of a grant. Federal government schools are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, their students, and U.S. citizens with superior-level proficiency in their native language.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All eligible, private and public U.S. institutions of higher education may submit proposals in response to the relevant agency announcements.
Award Procedure
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.
Specified in requests for applications released on behalf of NSEP by the Center for Applied Linguistic (CAL).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Grant awards are made to U.S. institutions of higher education to develop or strengthen their capabilities to enhance the national capacity and provide English-as-a-second-language instruction to native speakers of critical languages who are U.S. citizens. The National Security Education Act places no special or unique requirements on grantee institutions. Only requirements that govern all Federal grants will apply to NSEP grants. No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
The Comptroller General of the United States or a duly authorized representative from the General Accounting Office shall, until 3 years after final payment under this grant have access to and right to examine any of the recipient's directly pertinent books, documents, papers, or other records involving transactions related to this grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are multi-year renewed each year based on performance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Kevin Gormley
Department of Defense, National Defense University, National Security Education Program, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Phone: 703-696-1991

Ms. Deborah Kennedy
Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW
washington, DC 20016 USA
Phone: 202-355-1572
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$32,500,000.00; FY 23 est $32,500,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$32,493,878.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$32,500,000 per year for five years
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program which enhances DOD capabilities by providing native speakers of critical languages.


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