Government Funding for Language Services: Understanding the STEP Grant and Other Options

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You already know that increasing language access is good for your organization. Whether your goal is to expand your business into global markets, or to reach LEP individuals in your own community, access to professional interpreters and translators is vital. However, the costs associated with language services can pose a challenge for many organizations.

The good news is that there are government and private grants available to help alleviate these expenses. In the United States, one notable funding source is the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant, among others. Let’s explore how you can leverage these grants to support your language service needs.

Federal Government Funding for Language Services

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The NEH is a federal agency that offers grants aimed at ensuring language access for LEP individuals. These grants cater to cultural institutions, educational organizations, and even individuals. Eligibility criteria vary, so reaching out to NEH is essential to explore your options for financial assistance.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

A female doctor takes notes during a patient conversationHRSA provides financial aid primarily focused on healthcare-related language access. Organizations receiving federal funding can benefit from grants and other forms of assistance to enhance language services. Consulting with HRSA Grants Management specialists can help you navigate the application process and allocate funds effectively.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

For those in the healthcare sector, funding opportunities are available through organizations like the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. These resources aim to address health disparities by supporting language access service initiatives.

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant

While most grants target non-profits and healthcare providers, businesses can also benefit from certain programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers grants, including the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). This program is designed to support small businesses in expanding their international presence.

The STEP grant assists small businesses in enhancing export and international business opportunities. Qualifying activities include translating websites into foreign languages and conducting international marketing campaigns. Eligible expense include fees for:

Private Grants for Language Services

Beyond government sources, private grants offer additional avenues for funding language services. Organizations like United Way and local community groups provide grants with fewer restrictions compared to federal programs. Applying for these grants involves demonstrating a clear need for language services and outlining how the funds will be utilized.

Unlocking Your Funding Potential

An office professional is making notes while viewing a websiteDetermining your eligibility for grants depends on various factors, including your organization’s specific circumstances. Whether you’re a non-profit, healthcare provider, or business, exploring available resources is key to accessing financial aid for language services.

Looking to streamline your language service needs? Consider partnering with Interpreters and Translators, Inc. Our experienced team offers translation and interpretation services in over 250 languages. Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for grants.

Ready to explore funding options for your language services? Talk to our experts today!

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Interpreters and Translators, Inc. is a full-service language solutions company based in Glastonbury, Connecticut. iTi is an NMSDC-certified minority owned business.


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