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2. Development of the Foundation

Call for Proposals

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is now accepting proposals for projects of work that will support, enable or assist the documentation, protection or promotion of one or more endangered languages.

Please pass on this announcement to your friends and colleagues in endangered language communities who may not have access to Ogmios, the Internet or e-mail.

Form for Submissions

There is a form which defines the content of appropriate proposals, which is accessible Aat the Foundationís web-site

It may also may be obtained from Christopher Moseley, 2 Wanbourne Lane, Nettlebed. Oxfordshire RG9 5AH England fax +44-1491-641922

All proposals must be submitted in this form, to ensure comparability (although see note 4 below).


The time-limit for proposals to be considered in the current round will be the 31 of October 1999. By that date, proposals and supporting testimonials must reach Christopher Moseley, at the address specified in the form.

The FEL Committee will announce its decision before the 31st of December 1999.

Four points to note especially: 1. The Foundation's funds are extremely limited and it is not anticipated that any award will be greater than US$1,000. Smaller proposals stand a better chance of funding.

2. Where possible, work undertaken within endangered language communities themselves will be preferred.

3. The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) is a separate from the Endangered Language Fund (ELF) , which is also announcing its request for proposals about now, but on a somewhat different timescale. It is perfectly possible (and has indeed occurred in the past) that the same project can be partially funded by both FEL and ELF.

4. Those who have already submitted proposals to FEL speculatively should contact Chris Moseley to confirm what information, if any, still needs to be submitted. The form should be used to submit this additional information.




In the last issue (#11) we stated, in the Minutes of the 27 March 1999 Committee meeting:

6. Grants

It was noted that all the grants awarded in November had now been approved and all but that to Elena Benedicto issued. This last delay was due to the applicant, not the Foundation.

This referred to liaison problems in obtaining the correct banking details from the award-holder, Elena Benedicto. We regret any imputation of blame that may have been read into this. We certainly intended none, since above all we should always wish to honour the holders of our awards: it is they who are taking action in favour of the Foundation's purposes.

The remark simply served to assure the Committee that the Treasurer had taken all steps feasible to send the money as fast as possible. The Minutes of the meeting must continue to be an accurate record of what was said at the meeting, and it is in the Foundation's interest as a public-interest charity that this is, in general, made public.

As President, I am glad to note that the grant in question has now emerged from the global banking system and reached the award-holder.