Jul 12, 2021

U.S. Department of State: eSports/Video Games Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

  • Christine
  • Ho Chi Minh
Workshop Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership Certification Club or Organization Sports


Department of State – U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City

Notice of Funding Opportunity Program Office:

The American Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Public Affairs Section Funding Opportunity

Title: American Center – eSports/Video Games Program Announcement

Type: Grant, Individual Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Funding Opportunity Number: SVM700-21-PAS-011

Award Amount: $1,000 – $15,000

Deadline for Applications: August 1, 2021, 11:59PM (Vietnam time)

CFDA Number: 19.441 – ECE – American Spaces


For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact HCMCGrants@state.gov 


This document contains detailed instructions and information about the Proposal process. Please read it carefully. All applicants must submit proposals via email to HCMCGrants@state.gov.

Activities will only be funded at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We will generally consider proposals below $15,000. Proposals over $15,000 will only be considered with a cost-share and on a case-by-case basis.

Mandatory application package for INDIVIDUAL applicants:

1. Application form: SF424I (for Individuals): https://vn.usembassy.gov/sf424i

2. Budget information form: SF424A: https://vn.usembassy.gov/sf424a 

3. Detailed budget narrative (using Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City templates): https://vn.usembassy.gov/budget_narrative 

4. Grant proposal form:


5. Any other attachments where applicable (e.g. CV, official permission letter etc.)

Due to the volume of applicants and inquiries, we do not accept requests for meetings or phone calls prior to the application


The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce available funding for the American Center Ho Chi Minh City’s eSports/Video Games programs.

All projects must take place during the regular office hours of the American Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The American Center is NOT open during weekends and U.S. and Vietnamese holidays.

Through this funding opportunity, the U.S. Consulate General aims to provide American Center’s patrons opportunities to experience esports and video games to develop STEAM-based skills and social emotional attributes such as communication, collaboration, and program-solving abilities.

Proposals that focus on one or more but not limited to these categories below and target audiences specified below will receive funding. We will not consider funding proposals for students under age 15:

• Gaming Club: courses or workshops aimed at students to organize regular educational activities and eSports exchange programs with professional gamers.

• Series of workshops and game jams (contest/competition/tournament) to support development of games for social impact, encourage strong civil society institution and critical thinking skills through Ed Tech and Serious Games development (coding, 2D – 3D game design, Unity, AR/VR game development).

• English Club for Gamers: courses or workshops to encourage English language learning for students who are game enthusiasts, learning English through playing videos games.

• eSports Community: provide a safe and academic environment for gamers and game developers. Applicant may consider implementing curriculum available from the North American Scholastic eSports Federation. Participants can play games together with club members, learning about the eSports industry, eSports careers, or mentorship in STEAM field and gaming business.

• Diverse and Inclusive Gaming: workshops or seminars aimed at students and young professionals who are interested in studying video game arts and sciences to break down gender barriers, and/or raise awareness about LGBTQI+ and other underrepresented groups.

• Women in Gaming: workshops or seminars aimed at female students and professionals to increase the visibility of women in STEAM careers and the eSports industry, creating a safe environment to develop skills for the field.

Available Technology at the American Center:

If additional technology is required for your club, please specify in the proposal. The American Center will retain any technology purchased for the use of the club. Proposals over $15,000 may be considered if the overages are for technology costs only.

● Touchscreens
● Smart TVs Page 3 of 12
● DVD players
● Wi-Fi
● 3D printers
● Laptops, iMacs, iPads
● Video Lab
● Microphones
● Cameras, including DSLR
● Basic sound systems
● Studio lighting
● Basic coding kits (Arduino, Raspberry PI 3, Sphero)
● Lego Mindstorms
● Virtual Reality Oculus Rift
● Google Expeditions Student VR Kit

Criteria used for evaluating the proposals are as follows:
● Design and implement the Esports/Video Games Program at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City during its operation hours or via online classes if in-person classes are not feasible due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
● Available classroom sizes can accommodate up to 24 students or up to 48 students for in site programs and no limit on online programs.
● Competitive proposals will have two to four contact hours per week, for a minimum of 48 hours in total.
● Duration should be a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.
● Grantee is responsible for student recruitment.
● The language of instruction is preferably English, but Vietnamese may be used in some instances. The final presentation or capstone project must be in English.
● The proposal must include detailed information about project members and instructor(s), including CV, resume and other relevant professional experience.
● The instructors of the class should be trained teachers or working professionals.
● The grantee is responsible for obtaining visas and any other legal documents required by the Government of Vietnam for staff to work in the country.

● Budget in the proposal must include:
- Cost of teaching and learning materials
- Cost of U.S.-based alternative e-learning platform
- Salary of teachers
- Marketing and recruiting costs
- Field trips

● The proposal must also include marketing strategies, syllabus, and plan of course monitoring and evaluation.
● Provide post-course feedback on the students’ performance.


Type of Opportunity

Capstone Project

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021, 11:59PM (Vietnam time)

Age Range