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Language Legacies Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Institutions
for Linguistic Fieldwork and Language Revitalization Projects

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Funding Source:

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The Endangered Language Fund (ELF)

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Grants of up to $4,000 to USA, Canada, and International language activists, researchers, and institutions for language documentation and revitalization projects, as well as for linguistic fieldwork. Funding will primarily be provided for proposals that serve both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects that 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 the funding decision process.

Eligible expenses include consultant fees, equipment, travel, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180305

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund expects grants in this round 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Language activists and researchers from any country are eligible to apply. Awards can be made to institutions, but no administrative (overhead, indirect) costs are covered.

A researcher can be the primary researcher on only one proposal per year.

Please note that many languages in the Northwestern United States of America are not eligible for the Language Legacies program. These languages are covered instead by our Native Voices Endowment (NVE) program. The full list of languages that are covered by NVE, and thus ineligible for the Language Legacies program may be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by March 15th, 2018. Decisions will be delivered in May 2018.

Please note: 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.

Further application information:

Contact Information:

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

Email your Cover Page and application to elf_at_yale_dot_edu. Applications must be submitted electronically (no mail or fax applications will be accepted).

Further inquiries can be made to the email address above, or to:

The Endangered Language Fund
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511 USA

Phone: 203-865-6163
Fax: 203-865-8963

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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.