Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 12:19:08 CST From: Joan Hall Subject: Re: Survival of DARE This is a plea for help from all of you who appreciate the Dictionary of American Regional English. Our funding situation is more precarious than ever before, with our current NEH grant running out June 30. If we do not receive another one, our remaining funds will run out before the end of October. If we do receive one, it will doubtless be largely (or wholly) in the form of matching grants, requiring dollar-for-dollar private contributions. At this point, we have no foundation money lined up to provide the match. I asked a Program Officer at NEH whether letters testifying to the value and utility of DARE would help our case at NEH, since they are always looking for proof that projects they support have "ripple benefits" in education and contribute to humanities scholarship in general. She felt that, since the very existence of NEH is threatened in Congress, a better idea would be to have supporters write their own Senators and Representatives, urging continued funding for NEH and mentioning DARE as a specific example of an NEH project that has helped them in their own work. (Too many Senators and Reps know only of the very few NEH projects that have managed to offend a few of their constituents.) So if DARE has been useful to you, whether as a research tool, a teaching tool, or simply as evidence of the continuing exuberance and diversity of American English, please tell your Congress people THIS WEEK, and send a copy of your letter to Dr. Martha Chomiak Program Officer Division of Research Programs NEH 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20506 and to me, Joan Hall 6125 Helen White Hall 600 N. Park St. Madison, WI 53706. Also, if you know of any foundations, corporations, or individuals who might be willing to entertain a proposal for partial support of DARE, please send me their names a.s.a.p. We PLAN to send Volume III (I-O) to Harvard Press by the end of the year for publication in 1996 no matter what happens with regard to funding. But it would be a tragedy for DARE to be A-O rather than A-Z. Thanks for any help you can give. Joan Hall