Generous funding from the New Delhi office of the Ford Foundation early in 2004 is supporting Phase I of the South Asia Union Catalogue. The grant to the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram is intended to improve access to bibliographic and holding information for publications from southern India and Sri Lanka.
Phases III and IV began in October 2005 under a four-year grant for Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) through the United States Department of Education. Work under the grant to the Center for Research Libraries encompasses publications from north central and western South Asia, including Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and parts of northwestern India.
Phase II, inaugurated in May 2006, is funded by a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the University of Chicago Library. This Phase is focused upon publications produced in eastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and colonial Burma. The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, a premier social science research institute in India, has responsibility for cataloguing components of the Phase II project in South Asia.