Documenting, Describing, and Revitalizing Our Languages  

Other Funding Sources




The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) promotes the goal of social and ecomonic self-sufficiency of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders, including Native Samoans.


  • NEH
    The National Endowment for the Humanities
    1100 Pennsylvania, NW, Washington, DC 20506
    Ph.: 1-800-NEH-1121

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports a wide range of proects, including language preservation. Because democracy demands wisdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities serves and strenghtens our Republic by promotiong excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by providing grants for high-quality humanities projects in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education,research, and public programs.

NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide accesss to cultural and educational resources and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.


  • NSF
    The National Science Foundation
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, Virginia 22230

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more thant 2,000 colleges, universities, and other reseacrch and/or education institutions in all parts of the United states. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.




  • The Benton Foundation
    Benton Foundation
    1625 K Street, NW 20006
    Ph.: 202-638-5770
    Fax: 202-638-5771

"The mission of the Bention Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Current priorities include: promoting a vision and policy alternatives for the digital age in which the benefit to the public is paramount; raising awareness among funders and nonprofits on their stake in critical policy issues; enabling communities and non-profits to produce diverse and localy responsive media content. The Benton Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or offer general grants. We are a private foundation, an institutional hybrid, bridging the worlds of philanthroopy, public policy an dcommunity action. We assume diverse, crosscutting roles as nonpartisan knowledge broker, convener, public interest advocate and policy analyst. The Foundation has an endowment of approximately $10 million, the annual income from which is devoted to our own oprationg projects. Because of Benton's pioneering work, a number of foundations and corporations have provided additional funding."


Geographic Bio-Cultural Focus: The Christensen Fund (TCF) is developing a new grant-making program that combines our interestes in arts, biological conservation science and education into a single approach. Funding will be directed towards strenghthening the understanding, appreciation and creative persistence of biological and cultural diversity in four geographic regions:

The Greater South West (USA and Mexico)

Turkey Iran and Central Asia

The African Rift Valley (Ethiopia)

Northern Australia and Melanesia

We will also accept proposals from California San Francisco Bay Area-based organizations whose activities support bio-cultural and education outreach efforts linked to one or more of these geographic regions or the diaspora from those regions living in the bay. A small number of grants will also be made that support efforts to build knowledge and practice worldwide around integrating concerns for cultural and biological diversity.


  • Endangered Language Fund
    Endangered Language Fund, Inc.
    Department of Linguistics
    Yale University
    P.O. Box 208366
    New Haven, CT 06520-8366

The Endangered Language Fund is devoted to

  • the scientific study of endangered languages
  • the support of native efforts in maintaining endangered languages
  • the dissemination, to both the native communities and the scholoarly world, of the frutis of these efforts

The fund supports efforts originated by the native community or the scholar planning to work with a language. Each year, we solicit proposals for such work as

  • Preserving the texts of a native culture
  • Preparing videotaped instruction in the language
  • Support for "generation skipping" language learning


A few of the stated aims of the Foundation are: To raise awareness of endangered languages, both inside and outside the communities where they are spoken, through all channels and media; to support the issue of endangered languages in all contexts: at home, in education, in the media, and in social, cultural and economic life; and to monitor linguistic policies and practices, and to seek to influence the appropriate authorities where necessary.

  • Ford Foundation
    Ford Foundation
    320 East 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10017 USA
    Ph.: 212-573-5000
    Fax: 212-351-3677

"We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strenghten organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest in comparison with societal needs, we focus on a limited number of problem areas and program strategies within our broad goals."


  • The Indigenous Language Institute
    560 Montezuma Avenue, 202
    Snata Fe, NM 87501
    Ph: 505-820-0311
    Fax: 505-820-0316

The Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) recognizes the imminent loss of Indigenous peoples' languages and acknowledges the individuality of Indigenous communities. ILI facilitates innovative, successful community-based initiatives for language revitalization through collaboration with other appropriate groups and organizations, and promotes public awareness of this crisis.

  • Lannan Foundation
    Lannan Foundation
    313 Read street
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2628
    Ph: 505-986-8160
    Fax: 505-986-8195

Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural Indigenous communities. The foundation recognizes the profound and often unquantifiable value of the creative process and is willing to take risks and make substantial investments in ambitions and experimental thinking. Understanding that globalization threatens all cultures and ecosystems, the foundation is particularly interested in projects that encourage freedom of inquiry, imagination, and expression. The Indigenous Communities Program (ICP) supports the resolve of Native Americans to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is given to rural Indigenous projects that are consistent with traditional values in the areas of education, Native cultures, the revival and preservation of languages, legal rights, and environmental protection. The foundation has supported the efforts of several national organizations, though funding priority is currently given to smaller, rural grassroots organziations serving communities that are Indigenous to specific geographic locations. Organizations supported both serve and are controlled by Native people.



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