Since 1962, the independent Volkswagen Foundation has been funding research projects, and endangered language documentation projects have received grants since at least 2005.
According to their 2010 grants page, the following projects received funding last year:
- East African Summer School in Language Documentation: Methods and Technology – a two and-a-half week course
- A multi-media documentation of two endangered Bantu Languages of Cameroon: Bubia (bbx) and Isubu (szv)
- Pots, plants and people: an interdisciplinary documentation of Baïnouk (family) knowledge systems
According to the information sheet “Documentation of Endangered Languages,” grants are provided up to 300,000 euro, and the period may be up to three years with a renewal, the total not lasting longer than five years. The submission deadline is September 15.
See “Documentation of Endangered Languages” for more information.