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: www.icelandicroots.com
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 www.snorri.is
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.
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
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