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Grants to USA Tribal Programs, Schools and Colleges, and Individuals for the Preservation of Native Languages

Native Voices Endowment Grants


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Native Voices Endowment
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Important Dates
Deadline: 11/03/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA tribal language programs, tribal schools and colleges, and individuals from eligible tribes for the preservation of indigenous languages. Funding is intended for the revitalization and documentation of languages from tribes that came into contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Examples of successful applications from past NVE cycles include:

  • Native language education programs, curricula, or projects
  • Individual language study by Native students who are pursuing study with:
    • Universities or colleges offering coursework or research in the student's Native language, or
    • A fluent tribal language speaker of the student's Native language in a mentor-apprentice program, private immersion, or tutelage arrangement.
  • Documentation and recording of an eligible Native language for preservation and future education (examples include video or audio recording of elder speakers, private instruction or immersion classes, books or films)
  • Scholarships and travel grants for participants to institutes or other types of training/workshops that support the documentation or revitalization of an eligible Native language

Eligible Expenses: Salaries, equipment, supplies, consultant fees, travel, and publication costs are eligible. Eligible salaries may include those for tribally enrolled teachers, mentors, researchers, traditional teachers, elders, and storytellers. 

A list of eligible Native languages can be found in Supporting Documents.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals will be accepted only from:
- Individuals who are enrolled tribal members or employees of a tribal college
- Tribal government language programs
- Tribal community language programs
- Tribal schools and colleges

Individuals or groups who apply must further belong to one or more of the following groups:
- Federally recognized tribes, tribes seeking federal recognition, or tribes with state recognition whose ancestors experienced contact with the 1803-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Those whose ancestral homelands were traversed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Those whose tribal customs or languages were recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Indirect and general operating expenses are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: November 3, 2023.

Decisions will be delivered in January 2024.

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

Language Eligibility:

Application Instructions:

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum allowable budget of $10,000

Term of Contract
NVE is now a one-year grant.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For further information, contact:
Native Voices Endowment

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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