U.S. Department of the Interior: Living Languages Program
The Living Languages Grant Program (LLGP) is a discretionary grant program to support federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations to provide Native language instruction and immersion programs to Native students not enrolled at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, including those Tribes and organizations in states without Bureau-funded schools.
LLGP funding focuses on small or start-up programs whose objective is to document or build the capacity to preserve Native languages that are losing users, but which still have active users at the grandparent generation. The LLGP seeks to document, preserve, and revitalize:
- languages that are used for face-to-face communication;
- languages that can be used by a child-bearing generation, but are not being transmitted to children;
- languages whose only active users are members of the grandparent generation or older;
- languages whose only active users are members of the grandparent generation or older but who have little opportunity to use them; and
- languages that serve as a reminder of heritage identity for an ethnic community, but which lack proficient speakers.
Amount: $3,000,000 is available for awards ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each.
Eligibility: Federally recognized Tribes listed as Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs at 86 FR 7554 (January 29, 2021) or Tribal Organizations are eligible for LLGP grants. While only federally recognized Tribes or Tribal Organizations may apply for LLGP grants, grantees may select or retain for-profit or non-profit Tribal Organizations to perform a grant’s scope of work for grant funding to support Tribal programs to document Native languages or build Tribal capacity to create or expand language preservation programs.
Note: Schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and BIE programs targeting students enrolled in those institutions are ineligible for LLGP financial support.
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