Affiliated Grant Programmes

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme is part of a family of cultural heritage programs funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Arcadia serves humanity by preserving endangered cultural heritage and ecosystems. Because knowledge should belong to all, Arcadia also promotes open access, seeking to make information available without barriers of cost or distance.

All programmes fund projects to create, preserve and make accessible endangered cultural materials and knowledge. Your project may better fit one of these related programmes. Please carefully examine the focus of each grants programme and the respective eligibility criteria. If you have examined the eligibility requirements for ELDP and are not sure where to apply, we encourage you to get in touch at

Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP)
EMKP aims to call attention to, research and preserve the crafts, skills, practices and knowledge of the material world that are in danger of disappearing. Traditional ways of making things, from clothing and tools, to jewellery and houses, are endangered. In this precarious world, the diversity of material knowledge —the understanding of how to create and make objects, and the social values necessary to maintain the material world around us — is being lost at an alarming rate as mass-produced goods and industrial technologies subsume or replace local practices. Large scale urbanisation and rural depopulation threaten long-practiced forms of learning, apprenticeship and knowledge transfer.
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Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP)
MEAP aims to digitize and make accessible endangered archival materials from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including print, photographic, film, audio, ephemeral, and born digital objects. MEAP is dedicated to:
Providing open access to cultural and historical materials from around the world as a challenge to politicized and nationalized historical narratives that minimize or silence multiple voices and perspectives.
Enabling digital preservation of at-risk cultural heritage from parts of the world with limited resources for archival preservation.
Expanding the capacity for digital preservation around the world and building a culture of open access.
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Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)
EAP seeks to preserve cultural heritage and make it available to as wide an audience as possible. To achieve this we provide grants to applicants to digitise and document archives. The material can date from any time before the middle of the twentieth century, though archives that cross over to some extent into the second half of the twentieth century may be accepted if the majority of the material is earlier.
Since 2004, the Programme has digitised over seven million images and 25 thousand sound tracks.
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