Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance


Supports projects to ensure the survival and vitality of Native American languages. Projects may include language restoration programs and community language projects.

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  • Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  • Consortia of Indian tribes
  • Incorporated, nonprofit, multipurpose, community based Indian organizations
  • Urban Indian Centers
  • Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and/or nonprofit village consortia
  • Nonprofit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Incorporated nonprofit Alaska Native multipurpose, community based organizations
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native regional corporations/associations with village-specific projects
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawai’ians
  • National or regional incorporated, nonprofit, Native American organizations with Native American, community-specific objectives
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native peoples from Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders
  • Tribal colleges and universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawai’i, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders
Role In Creative Placemaking

Grants can support placemaking programs that celebrate and reinforce shared culture in a community.


At least 20% of the total approved cost of the project


Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indian Language Department – Harbor Springs, MI

Papakolea Community Development Corporation – Honolulu, HI

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.