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National and International Funding opportunities for language work
Contact RNLD if you know of a relevant funding program which you would like to add to this site.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Grant proposal writing tips
Foundation Center Proposal writing short course
GrantCraft: Practical Wisdom for Grantmakers
Grant writing for indigenous languages by Ofelia Zepeda and Susan Penfield (2008, University of Arizona) [downloadable PDF]
So where do you get the dosh from? by Peter Austin, Endangered Languages & Cultures blog (March 7, 2008)
Writing a good grant proposal by Simon Peyton Jones and Alan Bundy
The following international agencies fund language documentation and/or revitalization work regardless of the country of citizenship of the applicant.
- The Christensen Fund is a US philanthropic organization created by the Christensen family and based in California. Pre-proposals for the African Rift Valley, Central Asia, Southwest U.S. and Northern Mexico and SF Bay Area Programs may be submitted from August 1-31 and for the Melanesia Program from September 1-30.
- Documentation of Endangered Languages (DoBeS) (Volkswagen Foundation) has provided funds for language documentation projects.There is no active call for applications.
- Earth Action Network Endangered Languages Program is a non-profit international organization interested in supporting the preservation and restoration of Native languages and the Earth-honoring worldview at their core. There is no active call for applications.
- The Endangered Languages Documentation Project is supported by Arcadia and is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. ELDP offers four grant schemes. Applications open 15 October 2013 and are due 15 January 2014.
- Endangered Language Fund is a small, US based grant program. Applications are due April 22, 2013.
- EuroBABEL promotes empirical research on underdescribed endangered languages. There is no active call for applications.
- Firebird Foundation For Anthropological Research Inc. is offering supplemental Grants for the Collection of Oral Literature.
- Ford Foundation's overall mission is to reduce poverty and injustice and to promote democratic values, international cooperation and human achievement.
- Foundation for Endangered Languages is a small, UK based philanthropic foundation. The 2014 grant round closed on 1 January 2014.
- The Genographic Legacy Fund awards grants on an annual basis for community-driven projects directly preserving or revitalizing indigenous or traditional culture. Applications are due June 15 annually.
- International Funders for Indigenous Peoples provide information on a range of grant schemes and activities.
- Toyota Foundation's founding philosophy is to contribute to the realization of a human-oriented society for the sake of greater human happiness. There is no active call for applications.
- United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has created a Trust Fund for the Second Decade which is looking to support projects with a focus on indigenous peoples, particularly in the areas of culture or the environment. 2014 applications close 1 November 2013.
- Wenner-Gren Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.
- World Oral Literature Project supports local communities and fieldworkers engaged in the collection of oral literature by funding original research, and organising workshops and training in digital archiving methods. The web site notes that applicants are still welcome to submit expressions of interest, however they are no longer accepting new proposals for review.
Country specific funding agencies
Funding for work on endangered languages is also available through government agencies which (primarily) fund their own citizens. Some agencies are listed below under each country.
Australian Ethical Investment + Superannuantion community grants. The next round of applications will open in early 2013.
The Hoffman Foundation (downloadable Word document)
Ian Potter Foundation offers a range of grants - 2013 closing dates are 5 February, 28 May, 17 September.
Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) - due 1 February 2013 (Note that this funding scheme supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language projects based on the Australian mainland. See the Torres Strait Regional Authority for projects based on the Torres Strait Islands.)
Languages Other Than English Publishing Initiative — due 1 October 2013
Myer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund - no specific closing date
NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Community Languages Program
Parliament of Australia Guide to Community Grants
Telstra Everyone Connected Grants program offered one-off grants in 2012.
Torres Strait Regional Authority supports language projects based on the Torres Strait Islands. The next round of funding will be announced in March 2013.
Canadian Heritage administers a range of funding opportunities, including
First Peoples' Heritage Language and Culture Centre (FPHLCC) offers a range of funding opportunities for BC languages, including
Social Science Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) administers a range of funding programs, including
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funds research projects of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level
- Forskingsrådet, the Research Council of Norway
Administration for Native Americans (ANA), Esther Martinez Initiative (due 31 January 2013)
Chamiza Foundation, New Mexico USA. Applications are due 1 March 2012 and 4 June 2012.
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL), National Science Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities (due 15 September annually)
NSF Grant Proposal Guide, January 2011
Native Voices Endowment, 17 October, 2011