Endangered Language Fund

Request for Proposals 2015

Language Legacies Grant Program

You can download a pdf of this Request for Proposals.

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language documentation and revitalization, and linguistic fieldwork. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects which have immediate applicability to one group and more distant application 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 our funding decisions.

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


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

Please note that many languages in the northwestern United States of America are NOT eligible for the Language Legacies grant. These languages are covered instead by our Native Voices Endowment grant program. The full list of languages that are covered by the NVE grant and which are ineligible for the Language Legacies grant may be found on our website at: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/eligible_languages.php


Applications must be received by April 20th, 2015. Decisions will be delivered by the end of May, 2015.

How to Apply

There is no form, but the information requested below should be included in the first page of your application. Email a single pdf file containing all of your completed application to: elf@yale.edu

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: elf@yale.edu

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 address and, if possible, phone number)
  • Amount requested
  • Present position, education, and native language(s).
  • Previous experience and/or publications by the applicant(s) that are relevant.
  • 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 four pages. Your description should include:

  • Details about the type of material that is to be collected and/or produced.
  • The value it will have to the native community (including relatives and descendants who do not speak the language) and its contribution to linguistic science.
  • 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. Eligible expenses include consultant fees, equipment, travel, etc. Overhead (indirect) costs are not allowed. 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. Letter writers can include academic advisors for students or others who know the ability of the applicant to perform the work. If the applicant is not from the community whose language is the topic of the proposal, a letter from the community expressing support is essential.

These can be included in the electronic file or sent separately. Note that these letters, if sent separately, must arrive on or before the deadline (April 20th, 2015) 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 per year.

Acknowledgment of Receipt

Receipt of application will be acknowledged 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 offered 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 enquiries 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