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Recovering Voices Community Research Program 2018

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International
Scholars for Research to Revitalize Indigenous Cultures

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Smithsonian Institution

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 Postmarked or Emailed


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Grants of up to $10,000 and additional in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International scholars representing indigenous communities for efforts to document, preserve, and enliven indigenous cultures, languages, and knowledge systems. This program supports interdisciplinary research aimed at knowledge and language revitalization and documentation.

Recovering Voices seeks to increase access to the Smithsonian’s diverse collections - archival, biological, and cultural. The funding brings groups of community scholars to the Smithsonian to examine cultural objects, biological specimens, and archival documents related to their heritage language and knowledge systems, and engage in a dialogue with each other and with Smithsonian staff, as part of a process to revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are encouraged.

Recovering Voices emphasizes the role of cultural knowledge embedded in language, cultural practices, and material culture and seeks to understand the dynamics of intergenerational knowledge transfer as a key to the sustainability of knowledge systems and language. Proposed research projects that do not fit within the requirements explained in the sections below are not normally eligible for support under this program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164363

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to a maximum of $10,000 (USD).

Recovering Voices provides non-monetary support for awardees including: video and/or audio documentation of the research visit with all documentation shared with the community researchers (this does not preclude the awardee from creating their own video/audio documentation); logistics and administrative support to book travel and lodging, reserve time in the repositories; and support in navigating the Smithsonian Institution and Washington, DC.

Term of Contract:

Proposals submitted by September 15 will be reviewed for projects proposing a visit to the Smithsonian collections between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

The preparation and follow-up phases of the project do not need to be confined to 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Research Program supports indigenous communities.

Eligibility for the program centers around whether or not the collections and/or archives of the Smithsonian Institution can assist in the language or traditional knowledge revitalization of a community or tribe. This applies to every community no matter their geographic location. This program is unbound by geography.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for this round of proposals is September 15, 2017.

Notification will be sent by November 15, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Recovering Voices Program Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution MRC 112
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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 country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.