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The Community Research Program

The purpose of the Community Research Program is to support indigenous communities in their efforts to save, document, and enliven their languages, cultures, and knowledge systems. Funding brings groups of community scholars from around the world to the Smithsonian to examine specific objects, specimens, and documents related to their heritage and to engage in a dialogue with Smithsonian staff in order to recover and revitalize their language and knowledge. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Projects can have a budget of up to $10,000 in funding through Recovering Voices.

2017 Community Research Applications - Now Closed


The 2017 Community Research Grants Call for Proposals is now closed. The next call for proposals will open in July 2017 for proposed visits to take place in 2018. 

The 2017 Application Materials are available below. Please keep an eye on this space for the updated 2018 Application Materials that will become available soon. 


To learn about past supported projects, visit our Community Research page. You will also find information about recent projects on our blog.


2017 Application Materials
2017 Guidelines
2017 Cover page
2017 Budget Template

2017 Supplemental Documents
2017 Budget Supplement
2017 Collections Supplement
2017 Example Budget Justification

For questions and inquiries concerning the Community Research Program, please email recoveringvoices@si.edu.