FEL is committed to raising awareness of endangered languages and supporting revitalization and preservation of endangered languages throughout the world. We award grants to projects consistent with our aims as and when our funds permit. See examples of the projects we support through our grants.
We usually issue a call for grant applications in the last two months of the calendar year, announcing the results by the end of February of the following year. Only members of FEL with a current subscription may apply; all members, of whatever membership type, may apply. Members will be informed by email when the call is opened.
Priority is given to projects that focus on the revitalization of endangered languages and support the use of endangered languages in various areas of community life (such as home, education, cultural and social life). Any proposals must have a clear relevance to prospects for language revitalization. In general, award will not be greater than US $1,000. Smaller proposals will have a better chance of receiving funding.
We awarded 11 new grants in 2015.
Currently FEL also considers grant proposals for Navlipi grants. These grants can be applied for where proposals specifically involve transcription and where applicants are willing to use the Navlipi script for transcription. Navlipi grants have separate funding, with their own budget, and it is possible that such projects may receive greater funding than the normal FEL maximum of US$1,000. Projects may not be exclusively concerned with transcription, but may still qualify if there is a commitment to use the Navlipi script. Keyboarding software licenses (for Windows computers) will be made available free to award recipients. Transcriptions resulting from Navlipi projects must be available for publication: materials which are restricted in access because of community sensitivities or for any other reason, are not eligible for Navlipi funding.
Previous grants awarded
Previous grant round application documents
The following documents from our last grant round provide further information about our grants and how to apply: