Icelandic Roots Heritage Grants

Icelandic Roots is a nonprofit, charitable, all-volunteer organization making the Icelandic community stronger and teaching others about our fragile heritage, genealogy, history, and culture.

We provide scholarships for Icelandic Language studies and the Snorri Program. We give heritage grants to Icelandic events, education, cultural activities, organizations, and more. If you or your organization is applying for an IR Grant, please contact us through email. Let us know all the details of your project or organization. 

We request the following from all Grant and Scholarship Recipients:

1. Write a letter, article, video, or some similar news piece about the scholarship or grant and how this has helped them or their organization.
2. On blog posts, Facebook pages, or other social media == tag #icelandicroots or reference the website: 

The Snorri Program

The biggest recipient of Icelandic Roots funding is the Snorri Program. In addition to awarding individual scholarships to Snorri Program participants, Icelandic Roots also gives an annual grant to the Snorri Foundation to help with general operations and programming. We also give free access to the database to participants in all four programs and the summer interns. To learn more about the Snorri Programs, visit their website

Snorri Deaf


Icelandic Roots is also a primary sponsor of the Snorri Deaf program, an experience similar to the other Snorri Programs, but organized specifically for our cousins who are hearing impaired.


Your help is needed to identify and locate deaf people of Icelandic families or those fluent in sign language.  Statistics tell us there are about 200 deaf people of Icelandic origin in North America. We really believe this program will be of great value and benefit to the deaf people of Iceland and in North America.  

How can you help Icelandic Roots preserve your Icelandic story and educate others?

1) Free service:  Fill out a “Cousins Across the Ocean” form (if you have not completed one previously). This is for anyone, anywhere who is of Icelandic descent or children who are of Icelandic descent.  If you or your family emigrated, go back to the emigrating ancestors or include information on your own emigration.

2) Send information, photos, stories, and more about yourself, your family, and places with Icelandic connections to IR Support.

3) Join as a supporting member. Give a gift membership. Tell others about Icelandic Roots. Volunteer in one of the many IR Teams.

4) Make a donation. When filling out the donation form, specify which grant or scholarship you would like to support and 100% of your donation will go toward that program, project, or event.

Icelandic Roots Philanthropy 

A key element of the Icelandic Roots mission is “paying it forward” by awarding culture and heritage grants to deserving Icelandic heritage organizations and individuals interested in learning more about Icelandic culture, history and language.


As an all-volunteer, nonprofit, public charity, we give away much of our revenue to charitable causes, after necessary operating expenses, reserves and savings for long term projects. As you can see from the included graph, over the past 7 years we have awarded grants totaling approximately $120,000 U.S. dollars. Read more here.

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Other Grant Recipients:

Bru Cemetery - Manitoba

Gimli Icelandic Club - Manitoba

Grund Cemetery Restoration Project - Manitoba

Historic Markerville - Alberta

Icelandic Camp - Gimli, Manitoba

Icelandic Canadian Frón - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton - Alberta

Icelandic Connection Journal - Gimli, Manitoba

Icelandic National League of North America - Manitoba

Icelandic River Heritage Sites - Riverton, Manitoba

Lögberg-Heimskringla Newspaper - Winnipeg, Manitoba

New Iceland Heritage Museum - Gimli, Manitoba

Viking Park - Gimli, Manitoba

City of Akureyri - K. N. Júlíus Monument

East Iceland Emigration Center - Vesturfarinn in Vopnafjörður

Hofsós Emigration Center in Skagafjörður

Icelandic National League of Iceland - Reykjavík

Riishús Restoration Project - Bordeyri

Snorri Foundation - Reykjavík

"Sails, Rails, Rivers, and Trails" exhibit - Vopnafjörður

United States
Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society - Washington

Fjalla Church - North Dakota

Hekla Icelandic Club - Minnesota

Icelandic American Association of Minnesota

Icelandic Association of Arizona

Icelandic Association of Utah

Icelandic Communities Association - North Dakota

Icelandic National League of the United States

Icelandic Online Club - Texas

Manassas Viking Fest - Virginia

Mountain Bornum Park - North Dakota

Northeast ND Heritage Association - North Dakota

Pembina Hills Church - North Dakota

Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival - North Dakota

Scandinavian Hostfest - North Dakota

Thingvalla Cemetery Association

Washington Island Museum - Wisconsin