Dec 23 2020

Foundation to Receive Two BGA Grants

Earlier this year, the Kossuth Foundation was awarded two separate grants of 1,500,000 and 1,250,000 HUF (approximately $5,000 and $4,200, respectively) from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation (Bethlen Gábor Alapitvány or BGA). The larger grant was in support of our adult Hungarian language program and the smaller one was in support of cultural activities and program administration. The BGA is supported by the National Policy Research Institute (Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet) of the Government of Hungary. Upon hearing of the grant award, Gabor Rozsa, Executive Director of the Foundation, said “We are delighted and very appreciative of the continuing and growing support for our programs from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation and the Hungarian Government.” The Foundation also received support for their language program from BGA in the two previous grant award cycles.

The Kossuth Foundation’s language program offers evening adult language education primarily in the Washington, DC metro area at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The program employs professional teachers who are all native Hungarian speakers with practical experience in language education. Spring classes are forming in January. Additional information on the language program is found here. Prior to the funding support from the Hungarian government, the program was supported by donations from students, and struggled to break even. Grant funds will be used to help defray the salaries of teachers and also to purchase supplies to enhance the ability of the classes to meet student needs. This allows the program to continue despite the pandemic. Starting next year, students will make tuition payments to support the language program and any surplus funds will be used to support other Foundation programs and the maintenance and improvement of the Kossuth House as a cultural center for the Hungarian-American community. Excess funds also support the use of technology that allows use of “virtual” classrooms that then allow students to participate from anywhere in the country.

The smaller grant was intended to provide support for other cultural programs of the Foundation but, because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Foundation’s ability to schedule public events, is being redirected to support program administration and planning for future events. Funds will be used to help defray the salaries of administrative staff who support a variety of Foundation programs and activities.

 

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