We are pleased to announce the 2013 Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community. We set up this award to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Every year we award £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. This may be a website, a newsletter, school or playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world. The only conditions are that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use and that the money must be used for community projects and not to fund academic research.
We had a huge number of interesting entries last year but after much deliberation we awarded the prize to the Language Cafés project based at Dalarna University in Sweden. This scheme organises regular evenings in a local café where members can practise conservation in many different languages. You can read more about their project in their post earlier this year.
We are now accepting applications for the 2013 award, and we will announce the winner in January 2013. All you need to do is fill out the entry form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2012 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your entry!