Funding Sources and Grants

 

The list on this page is a work-in-progress – other opportunities will be added as I come across them. Be sure to check the original source for up-to-date information on deadlines and application requirements! Some entries say ‘uninvited full applications not accepted.’ What should be done for those funders is send in a short ‘Letter of Inquiry’ or ‘Letter of Interest’ (LOI). See the resources page for more info.

Grants for which it seems that individuals (not just organizations) can apply are listed first.

  • Native American Language Grants
    • About grant program:
      • Make grants for the preservation and revitalization of languages indigenous to the Americas.
      • All projects with living languages must involve native speakers.
      • Supported:
        • Language classes or language immersion programs for children or adults
        • Creation of language learning books, tapes, CDs, multimedia, or computer games
        • Audio or video recording of elders speaking endangered languages
        • Dictionaries or texts written in Native American languages
        • Tribally commissioned linguistic research
        • Projects promoting living use of languages (literature, song)
        • Language clubs to promote language use by youth
        • Languages, chatrooms, online audio recordings in language
        • Intertribal language standardization or maintenance meetings
      • NOT supported:
        • Theoretical linguistic work without significant language maintenance component.
        • General cultural, religious, or historical preservation projects.
    • Some specifics:
      • No minimum grant size: “we consider $50 worth of recording software or $200 worth of children’s textbooks to be money well-spent.”
      • Maximum grant size of $10,000. Projects less than $1000 have best chance of being funded.
      • See what should be included in application here. 10 questions.
      • Grants seem to be awarded to individuals!! as well as organizations.
    • Contact:

  • Endangered Languages Documentation Program
    • About grant program: Four types of grants. Links below lead to zip file containing details.
      • Small Grants: Up to £10,000 for up to 12 months of work. Suitable for a “range of purposes related to the documentation of endangered languages, such as to carry out fieldwork, develop a pilot project, or complete a project already begun.”
      • Major Documentation Project: Up to £150,000 for 6 to 36 months of work. Can cover costs including “fieldwork costs, equipment, researchers’ salaries, and graduate students’ stipends.”
      • Individual Graduate Scholarships: Provide from 12 to 36 months of funding for student already admitted to PhD program. Can cover field trips and time spent processing data.
      • Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship: Awarded to people who have held PhD less than 5 years. Support 12 to 24 months of work.
    • Some specifics:
      • List of all projects funded.
      • Details about review process. Some factors considered include degree of language endangerment, potential for contribution to documentation, clear methodology, training of applicant, clear archiving plan, consideration of ethical issues, evidence of institutional support.
    • Contact: 
      • eldp@soas.ac.uk
      • Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
        Department of Linguistics  |  SOAS, University of London
        Thornhaugh Street  |  LONDON, WC1H 0XG  |  United Kingdom

 

 


  • Endangered Language Fund, Language Legacies Grant Program
    • About grant program:
      • Grants for language documentation, revitalization, and fieldwork.
      • Favor work that benefits both native community and the field of linguistics. Degree of language endangerment is a factor in funding decisions.
      • Proposals can come from any country.
    • Some specifics: 
      • If applicant does not come from community of the language named in the proposal, a letter of support from the community is required.
      • Eligible expenses include: consultant fees, equipment, travel. Overhead not an eligible expense.
      • Grants awarded for one year with possibility of extension.
      • Grants average $2000. Less than $4000.
      • For 2016, applications due April 10th, 2016 and Decisions delivered in May, 2016.
      • Application information available here. Must be submitted electronically.
      • Grants can be awarded to individuals!! 
    • Funded proposals
    • Contact:
      • 300 George Street, Suite 900  |  New Haven, CT 06511
      • elf@yale.edu
      • 203-865-6163

  • Foundation for Endangered Languages
    • About grant program:
      • Prioritize projects that focus on endangered language revitalization and encourage use of languages in home, education, cultural, and social life.
    • Some specifics:
      • Awards generally less than $1000. Smaller projects have a better chance.
      • Deadline usually Dec. 31.
      • Call for proposals comes in last two months of calendar year. Only members of Foundation for Endangered Languages will be informed and only members can apply. (How to join)
      • See link for previous years’ application materials.
      • Grants can be awarded to individuals!! 
    • Funded proposals:
      • 2015, 2014See link above for years back to 2007.
    • Contact:
      • Nicholas Ostler, chair
      • 129 High Street  |  Hungerford, Berkshire  |  RG17 0DL  |  UK

  • Lannan Foundation, Indigenous Communities Program
    • About grant program:
      • Requests must come from United States federally recognized tribes or Native controlled 501(c)(3) organizations that only operate in the United States.
      • “Supports the resolve of Native Americans to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is given to rural indigenous projects that are consistent with traditional values in the areas of education, Native cultures, the revival and preservation of languages, legal rights, and environmental protection.”
    • Some specifics:
      • Full applications can be submitted by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, complete the inquiry form here.
      • It seems that grants are not awarded to individuals.
    • Funded proposals: Language preservation, Traditional culture and education
    • Contact:
      • 309 Read St  |  Santa Fe, NM 87501
      • Telephone: 505-986-8160

  • Native Voices Rising
    • About grant program:
      • A collaboration between Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation.
      • “A community-driven grant program dedicated to expanding philanthropic support for Native-led change.”
      • Funded organizations come from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
      • Wide range of projects have been funded; not restricted to language revitalization.
    • Some specifics:
      • Organizations that apply should be Native-led and be rooted in a Native community.
      • Next grant cycle not announced (as of August 7, 2016). Last grant cycle had an application deadline of August 31, 2015. Check here for updates.
      • It seems that grants are not awarded to individuals.
    • Funded proposals
    • Contact:

  • Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
    • About grant program:
      • Funds projects directed by Native-led organizations.
      • Has seven ‘program pathways’ described here. Unclear which one a language-related project would be advised to apply to. This is a good question to ask the grantmaker at the contact information below!
    • Some specifics:
      • Grants range in size from $250 to $10,000. Average grant size is $5000. Grants up to $10,000 require a full application that must be sent by a particular deadline, but grants for less than $500 require only a cover page and one- or two-page letter outlining the request that can be sent at any time.
      • Link to application materials and detailed instructions.
      • Application can be emailed or mailed. See link above for details.
      • It seems that grants are not awarded to individuals.
    • Contact:

  • Kalliopeia Foundation
    • About grant program:
      • Make grants that fund projects including language revitalization and preservation.
      • Most support for 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are Native-led.
    •  Some specifics:
      • First-year grants from $10,000 to $35,000
      • Full applications by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, submit a letter of inquiry. Guidelines for the letter of inquiry here.
      • In 2016, letters of inquiry must be submitted by August 22, 2016.
      • One copy of letter should be emailed. A second copy should be mailed (address below).
      • It seems that grants are not awarded to individuals.
    • Funded proposals
    • Contact:

  • Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation (no website)
    • About grant program:
      • Primarily fund organizations in southern Arizona, especially Tucson. Have also funded organizations in New Mexico and Colorado.
      • Provide research and education funding to support projects including language revitalization and document translation.
    • Some specifics:
      • Grant range: $4,000 – $27,000
      • For more information, contact foundation directly by phone or mail.
    • Contact:
      • 2596 South Milwaukee Street   |  Denver, CO 80210  |  303-715-9056

  • Arizona Community Foundation
    • About grant program: 
      • Large range of different funding sources and funding programs. Each program has its own guidelines, focuses, and deadlines.
      • Only fund organizations based in Arizona.
    • Some specifics:
      • To view current grant opportunities, you need to make an account. This is free and requires no further commitment on your part.
    • Contact:
      • Lynn Umphres  |  Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Non-Competitive Grants  |  602.682.2042
      • Ashley Anderson  |  Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Competitive Grants  |  602.682.2016

  • New Mexico Community Foundation
    • About grant program: 
      • Wide range of different grants to apply for.
      • Only fund organizations operating in New Mexico.
    • Some specifics:
      • Unsolicited full applications not accepted.
      • Form to be filled out so that foundation staff can alert you if your organization fits one of their grant opportunities.
    • Contact:
      • Santa Fe office  |  502 West Cordova Road, Suite 1  |  Santa Fe, NM 87505  |   505.820.6860
      • Linda Milbourn  |  Grants and Fiscal Sponsorship Director  |  505.820-6860 x 12
      • Renee Villarreal  |  Director of Programs and Community Outreach  |  505.820.6860 x 20