Arcadia renews ELDP funding for ten years with 21 million Euro

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) has been renewed for ten years with a 21 million Euro grant from Arcadia. With this generous renewal, ELDP together with the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) will continue supporting the documentation and preservation of endangered languages around the globe. This new chapter in ELDP and ELAR’s now almost 20 year history will take place at the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) in Berlin, Germany.

Arcadia has renewed the funding for the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme in 2021 for 10 years with 21 million Euros. This generous funding will allow ELDP and ELAR to continue the support of the documentation and preservation of endangered languages globally, the training of communities, local scholars and documenters during the upcoming UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032

ELDP and ELAR were created in 2002 at SOAS University of London in response to the dramatic decline of linguistic diversity with seed funding by the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Arcadia serves humanity by preserving endangered cultural heritage and ecosystems. After 19 years at SOAS University of London, ELDP and ELAR will now move to the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) in Berlin, Germany. 

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director of ELDP and Head of ELAR said: “We are deeply grateful to Arcadia’s long-term commitment to the documentation and preservation of endangered languages, and we are grateful to SOAS University of London for housing the programmes for 19 years. Now we are looking forward to working at our new host, the BBAW, with its 300 year history in the heart of Berlin. The UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages will provide us with many opportunities to amplify our work and to support communities, documenters and linguists worldwide in preserving humanity’s linguistic diversity.”

For those interested in applying for a grant, ELDP will be opening a new grant round in July. Details on how to apply will be posted on ELDP’s website in the coming weeks.

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