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Native Voices Endowment Grants

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

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The Endangered Language Fund - Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to USA tribal language programs, tribal schools and colleges, and individuals from eligible tribes for the documentation and revitalization of indigenous languages that came into contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Scholarships for academic work in linguistics or the Native language, or for Master/Apprentice programs, are also available for tribal members.

Proposals will be accepted only for:

  • Native language education programs, curricula, or projects,
  • Individual language study by Native students who are pursuing study with:
    1. Universities or colleges offering coursework or research in the student’s Native language, or
    2. A fluent tribal language speaker of the student’s Native language in a mentorapprentice program, private immersion, or other instructional arrangement,
  • Documentation and recording of a Native language for preservation and future education (examples include video or audio recording of elder speakers, private instruction or immersion classes, books or films)

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. If, at any time during or at the conclusion of a funded project, the primary project manager leaves the project or language program, ownership of all equipment, such as video or audio recorders or computers, funded by a Native Voices Endowment grant, shall revert to the tribe whose language was subject of the funded project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162775

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amounts: $2,500 - $10,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for one to three years.

Multiple-year projects will be required to submit complete and timely annual reports before subsequent years' funds can be released.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted only from:
- Individuals who are enrolled tribal members,
- Tribal government language programs,
- Tribal community language programs, and
- Tribal schools and colleges.

Individuals or groups who apply must further belong to one of the following groups:
- Federally recognized tribal nations along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, or
- Those whose ancestors experienced contact with the 1803-1806 Lewis & Clark Expedition, or
- Those whose ancestral homelands were traversed by the Lewis & Clark Expedition, or
- Those whose tribal customs or languages were recorded by the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Indirect and general operating expenses are not eligible for funding.

Eligible tribes can be found at:

Eligible languages can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: November 1, 2019.
- Decisions will be delivered in January, 2020.

Limit to One Proposal: An applicant can be primary project manager on only one proposal.

Acknowledgement of Receipt: Receipt of proposal will be acknowledged by email

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions, and email applications to:

Native Voices Endowment
The Endangered Language Fund
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511

P: 203-865-6163, x265
F: 203-865-8963

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