The Endangered Language Fund was founded in 1996 with the goal of supporting language preservation and documentation projects. To that end, ELF provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two.
Priority is given to projects that serve both the native-speaking community and the field of linguistics. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered.
ELF expects grants in this funding round to be less than $4,000 and to average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., but not general overhead. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Endangered Language Fund website.