Endangered Language Fund

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Jan 19 15:35:30 UTC 2008

Endangered Language Fund

Request for Proposals, 2008

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and
linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that which
serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which
has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to
the other will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low
priority, although they 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 our funding decisions.

Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc.
Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one year period, though
extensions may be applied for. We expect grants in this round to be less
than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000.


Applications must be received by APRIL 21st, 2008. Decisions will be
delivered by the end of May, 2008.

How to Apply

There is no form, but the information requested below should be included in
the first page of an electronic document, preferably a PDF file. Email the
single file containing all the material to: elfendangeredlanguagefund.org
Applications must be submitted electronically. No mail or fax applications
will be accepted. If you have any questions, please write to our address
(300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511, USA) or email to:

Required Information

Cover Page
The first page should contain:
• Title of the project
• Name of language and country in which it is spoken
• Name of primary researcher
• Address of primary researcher (include email and, if possible, phone.)
• Amount requested
• Present position, education, and native language(s).
• Previous experience and/or publications that are relevant.
Include the same information for collaborating researchers, if any. This
information may continue on the next page.

Description of the Project
Beginning on a separate page, provide a description of the project. This
should normally take two pages, single spaced, but the maximum is five
pages. Be detailed about the type of material that is to be collected
and/or produced, and the value it will have to the native community
(including relatives and descendants who do not speak the language) and to
linguistic science. Special consideration will be given to projects that
involve children. Give a brief description of the state of endangerment of
the language in question.

On a separate page, prepare an itemized budget that lists expected costs
for the project. Estimates are acceptable, but they must be realistic.
Please translate the amounts into US dollars. List other sources of support
you are currently receiving or expect to receive and other applications
that relate to the current one.

Letter of Support
Two letters of support are recommended, but not required. These can be
included in the electronic file. Note that these letters, if sent
separately, must arrive on or before the deadline (April 21st, 2008) in
order to be considered. If more than two letters are sent, only the first
two received will be read.

Limit to One Proposal
A researcher can be primary researcher on only one proposal.

Acknowledgment of Receipt
Receipt of application will be made by email.

If a Grant is Awarded
Before receiving any funds, university-based applicants must show that they
have met the requirements of their university's human subjects' committee.
Tribal- or other-based applicants must provide equivalent assurance that
proper protocols are being used.
If a grant is made and accepted, the recipient is required to provide the
Endangered Language Fund with a short formal report of the project and to
provide the Fund with copies of all audio and video recordings made with
ELF funds, accompanying transcriptions, as well as publications resulting
from materials obtained with the assistance of the grant.

Further enquires can be made to:
The Endangered Language Fund
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Tel: 203-865-6163
FAX: 203-865-8963

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