Is there a language preservation program in your community that could use some extra funding? Does your tribe want to start a program but lacks the financial resources? Native American tribes, tribal organizations, educational institutions, community centers and more are eligible apply for one of 14 available Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance grants funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Grant awards are “for projects that contribute to the social development and self-sufficiency of native communities through the preservation and maintenance of Native American languages.”
The grants are intended to attract a wide range of community groups and tribal governments with varying language preservation/promotion needs. There is a total of $3,500,000 in funding to be awarded over the course of three fiscal years. The deadline for fiscal year 2011 is just around the corner on March 8, 2011, so be sure to apply soon if this is an opportunity your tribe or community organization would like to take advantage of. Details can be found here.