Australia’s leading language services provider, LanguageLoop, has opened applications for their annual Research and Innovation Grants Program.
A total pool of $50k will be allocated through multiple grants of various amounts, with funds provided to revolutionary ideas, futuristic services, cutting-edge research or professional development, to redefine what’s possible for the language services industry.
As a Government Business Enterprise, LanguageLoop were created with a mission to ensure access and equity to services for all, and continuously invest in the language services sector to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the industry.
Their annual Grants Program is one aspect of their ongoing effort to deliver core services to government and the commercial sector, driving it forward by enhancing how language services are delivered.
For more information, including the how to apply, visit our Grants Program page.
Previous grant winner includes Monash University, who undertook research to develop mental health guidelines for interpreters working in mental health settings.
The guidelines for interpreters studied the outcomes of interpreters and psychologists working together to achieve better mental health outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients.
LanguageLoop CEO Elizabeth Compton said the insights are key to overcoming language barriers and will assist interpreters to become better skilled to ensure mental health services are accessible for all.
“Through these Australian-first guidelines, LanguageLoop in partnership with Monash University are shedding light on the immediate need for CALD communities to access mental health services without barriers, drawing attention to the importance of interpreters’ work in this field,” Ms Compton said.
The Research and Innovation Grants are open to individuals and organisations, both public and private. LanguageLoop expects there may be particular interest from not-for-profits, educational institutions, academics, community groups and local government.