NLEAP will administer a National Languages Fund (NLF) of CAD 2M. This fund will support a variety of Sri Lankan organizations including women’s and youth groups, to promote language rights towards reconciliation, a better acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity as a national strength, and the improved capacity of citizens to communicate in the official languages. The Fund anticipates a range of initiatives including strengthening the governance of Language Societies, developing capacity of civil society organizations, fostering effective partnership amongst synergistic organizations, improving language teaching, raising citizen awareness of language rights and of government obligations, supporting national/local fora and research to disseminate best practices.
The Rapid Response Fund
The Rapid Response Fund (RRF) is a mechanism to accept unsolicited project proposals that respond to timely and small scale initiatives that meet the following objectives:
- To increase capacity of local civil society organizations to promote language rights towards reconciliation; and
- To increase capacity of local civil society organization to assist citizens communicating in official languages.
The maximum grant for each initiative shall not exceed CAD 10,000. There is no deadline for applying and proposals will be considered on a case-by-cases basis.