New Funding Package for 2013-18

Development of the Faclair na Gàidhlig project is to be expedited with a £2 million injection of funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).  This support will help to accelerate the foundation project by enabling the recruitment of more staff to compile the corpus on which the dictionary will be based as well as purchase of the software necessary to support their work.  The new funding was announced at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on 26 July 2013.

The First Minister Alex Salmond said:  “The Scottish Government is a strong supporter of our indigenous languages, including Gaelic, and recognises the important cultural and economic benefits that these bring to a vibrant and modern Scotland.  We are committed to working with a range of other public bodies to create a secure future for the Gaelic language.  The dictionary initiative will play an important part in that work and I am delighted that this extra funding has been identified to drive forward the project.”

John McClelland, Chair of SFC said:  “The Faclair na Gàidhlig project is vital to securing the future of the Gaelic language and an essential resource for people across the world with an interest in Gaelic and Celtic Studies.  We are delighted to work in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on this ambitious project to document the entire Gaelic language.”

Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Convener of the Faclair na Gàidhlig Steering Committee said:  “The increased investment by the Scottish Funding Council, augmented by the subvention of funding from the Research Councils and the continued funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, recognises the national significance of this foundational project.  The award will expedite preparatory work for the dictionary which will, in time, give Gaelic a resource comparable to the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Oxford English Dictionary.”

In addition to SFC’s £2 million for the project, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is providing £100,000 and £50,000 is coming from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  Bòrd na Gàidhlig has supported the project since 2004 and currently contributes £75,000 per year.

*Photo from left: Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, Head of the School of Humanities University of Glasgow, Director of the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project and Chair of the Advisory Board for Faclair na Gàidhlig;  Martin Fairbairn, Senior Director of Institutions and Corporate Services at the Scottish Funding Council;  Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Convener of the Steering Committee for Faclair na Gàidhlig;  First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP;  Paul McKelvie, Vice Chair of the Scottish Funding Council;  and Dr Moray Watson, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen.