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Recovering Voices Community Research Program

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:

09/15/18 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. Funding is intended to increase access to the Smithsonian’s diverse collections- archival, biological, and cultural- in support of interdisciplinary research aimed at language and knowledge documentation and revitalization.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164363

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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, 2019.

Note: The preparation and follow-up phases of the project do not need to be confined to 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Groups of community scholars from around the world are eligible to apply.

Beginning in 2016, all recipients of Research Support must wait at least one (1) year after receiving funding to apply for additional support from Recovering Voices.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for this round of proposals is September 15, 2018.

Notification will be sent by November 15, 2018. The 2019 guidelines apply to all proposals and supersede previous guidelines.

Applications sent by post must be postmarked by September 15, 2018. Please notify the Recovering Voices office by email on or before the postmark date if the proposal is being sent by mail.

Contact Information:

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

To apply, please submit a proposal electronically to:

Or by post: 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.