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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Institutions for Language Preservation Projects

Language Legacies Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 180305

Funding Source
The Endangered Language Fund (ELF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $4,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals and institutions for activities to preserve languages. Funding may be used for travel, equipment, consultations, and other project-related costs. Requests may be submitted for language documentation and revitalization, archival efforts, and linguistic fieldwork on endangered languages.

The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects which have immediate applicability to one group and more distant applicability to the other will also be considered. Support for publication is a low priority, although it will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in funding decisions.

The Endangered Language Fund is pleased to be able to expand the scope of its invited proposals through the MKARL Fund (in honor of Michael Krauss) to include work on archival initiatives and efforts. In particular, proposals are encouraged that focus on the creation of archives, depositing material to archives, accessing archives, and the hosting of and/or attendance at workshops, seminars, or institutes that offer training and support on archiving activities and initiatives.

The International Phonetic Association is interested in co-funding awards for projects that include a phonetic component, especially systematic phonetic documentation of the kind leading to Illustrations of the IPA.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Language activists and researchers from any country are eligible to apply. Awards can be made to institutions.

Please note that many languages in the northwestern United States of America are not eligible for the Language Legacies program. For the full list of tribes that are covered by NVE and thus ineligible for the Language Legacies program:

No administrative (overhead, indirect) costs are covered.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submissions will be March 17, 2023. Emailed applications are no longer accepted.

Decisions will be delivered in May, 2023.

​Two letters of support are recommended for all applicants, but are not required.

Proposals can be accepted in English or in Spanish.

An applicant can be primary project manager on only one proposal.

Before receiving any funds, university-based applicants must show that they have met the requirements of their university's human subjects committee (IRB). Tribal or other applicants must provide equivalent assurance that proper protocols are being used.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants in this round are expected to be less than $4,000 and to average about $2,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are for a one-year period, though extensions may be applied for.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Further inquiries can be made to or to:

The Endangered Language Fund
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Tel: 203-865-6163, x265
Fax: 203-865-8963

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