Monday, July 30, 2007

Grants for Native Americans or Tribes Working On Tribal Language Who Were Visited by Lewis & Clark

From The Foundation Center:

Native Voices Endowment Offers Funding for Work on Indigenous Languages of North America

Deadline: October 15, 2007

The Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Legacy Project has been created within the Endangered Language Fund ( http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/ ) for the purpose of revitalizing and perpetuating the aboriginal languages of the American Indian Nations whose ancestors encountered the 1803-06 Lewis & Clark Expedition.

The endowment money comes from the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council ( http://lewisandclark200.org/ ), which received the revenues from the U.S. Mint's sale of the Lewis and Clark 2004 Commemorative Coin. The $1.6 million endowment is expected to generate $75,000 in interest annually, which will fund the annual grant program.

Proposals will be accepted only from individuals who are enrolled tribal members, tribal government language programs, tribal community language programs, and tribal schools and colleges of the federally recognized tribal nations along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, whose ancestors experienced contact with the Lewis & Clark Expedition or whose ancestral homelands were traversed by the Lewis & Clark Expedition or whose tribal customs or languages were recorded by the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Proposals will be accepted for Native American language education programs, individual study by Native American language students, and research efforts to document and record Native American languages for future preservation and education. Grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000 each, and will be awarded for a period of one to three years. Grants must be matched by the recipient on a 1:1 basis. The match can be in cash or in-kind goods or services.

The complete Request for Proposals and a list of eligible tribes are available at the Endangered Language Fund's Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10008195/endangeredlanguagefund

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