Mini-grant Programme Launched For Finno-Ugric Language Initiatives

The project “SANA 2019: Civil Society Network for Preserving and Revitalising Indigenous Languages” is announcing a competition for mini-grants.

The compeition is held with the objective to support new and non-standard local initiatives for preserving and practicing indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in the Baltic Sea region. Eligible applicants include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), informal associations (initiative groups) and private persons from the following countries: Russian Federation (Republic of Karelia, Leningrad Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Komi Republic), Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Latvia.

The compeition will primarily support new and standalone initiatives which aim to develop languages of indigenous Finno-Ugric peoples in their traditional territories. Organizers of the competition welcome intersectoral initiatives linking languages with themes such as handicrafts, traditional livelihoods, design, traditional knowledge, nature, arts, etc.), including projects that are implemented in indigenous Finno-Ugric languages. Organizers of the competition point out the importance of disseminating indigenous Finno-Ugric languages on the Internet, supporting activities of local activists and promoting international as well interregional cooperation in the development of indigenous Finno-Ugric peoples.

The competition does not support ongoing or regular activities of language activists or ongoing projects and events that have already secured funding from other sources.

The total fund of the competition is 10 000 euros. Minimum grant amoung is 200 euros and maximum is 2000 euros. As a exception, joint network-based initiatives can be funded by up to 5000 euros. Project applications will be accepted from September 11 — November 10, 2018. Grantees will be announced on December 16, 2018.

Applications can be submitted in Russian, English and Estonian languages. Applications can be completed online:

or by completing an MS Word form and e-mailing it to with the subject line “Mini-grant competition”.

In case of technical issues please write to

The project “Civil Society Network for Revitalizing Indigenous Languages” unites organisations for preserving and revitalizing indigenous languages in the Baltic Sea Region and supports the goals of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The project will partly overlap with the UN-proclaimed International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, to the implementation of which project partners will provide substantive contributions as well as learn from worldwide good practices. The project brings together the following 7 partner organisations: Association “ECHO” (Karelia) as the lead partner, Centre of Support and Public Diplomacy of Indigenous Peoples “Young Karelia”, the Karelian Language House (Republic of Karelia), the Community of the Small-Numbered Izhorian People (Shoikula), Centre for Development of Indigenous Peoples “URALIC” and Seto Cultural Fund (Estonia) and the Saami civil society organisation “Giellabalggis” (Finland). The project is funded by the Baltic Sea NGO programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Mini-Grant Rules

10 september 2018