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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals Affiliated with Organizations to Promote Social Justice

Echoing Green Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 164279
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Echoing Green
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/17/23
Deadline: 02/07/23 2:00 PM (14:00) ET

Grant Description
Fellowships of $80,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals affiliated with organizations for social innovation projects that bring positive change. The purpose of this program is to address community challenges and promote equity. This Fellowship is intended for individuals whose enterprises are at an early stage and who are experts on the challenge they’ve chosen to confront. Echoing Green seeks leaders who reflect the community they serve and bring deep knowledge of the issues into their work as they co-design solutions with and for their communities.
Through this full-time Fellowship, Echoing Green finds people working on plans to make the world better in a big way. Then Echoing Green helps them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and communities they need to bring their ideas to life.
Echoing Green supports bold leaders from all over the world who see possibility in the face of the most existential challenges of our day. Working together to strive to build a world that has yet to exist: a future free from racism and its far-reaching consequences where all people can thrive.
The Echoing Green community is multi-generational, multi-racial, geographically diverse, and cross-class. Through collective action and a multi-sectoral approach, we believe we can progress faster toward dismantling oppressive systems worldwide. The following principles guide Echoing Green's work.
Echoing Green supports leaders to:
  • Build and shift power
  • Resource intersectional approaches
  • Fuel radical imagination

Echoing Green seeks leaders who bring deep knowledge and passion to designing solutions with and for their communities. Fellows are lifelong members of Echoing Green’s community and work across issue areas to advance equity, including education, climate justice, human rights, health, and more.

Every Fellow gets Echoing Green's proven support model:

  • Capacity Building
    • Leadership Development
    • Wellness and Wellbeing Support
  • Capital
    • Expert Resources
    • Seed Funding
  • Community
    • Virtual and In-Person Convenings
    • Expert Support


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicant Eligibility:
- Echoing Green Fellowship applicants must be 18 years or older by August 8, 2022.
- To be eligible for the Fellowship and fully participate in programming and support offerings, you must be able to communicate in English proficiently. Support throughout the Echoing Green Fellowship is offered in English.
- To be eligible, you must be a leader with decision-making power within the organization and be either 1) a sole founder or 2) a leading founder on a team of people who created the organization.
- To be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, applicants must be the primary decision maker and have the ultimate authority over your organization’s growth and strategic vision.
- If selected for an Echoing Green Fellowship, you may hold other professional responsibilities, but you must work full time, defined here as 40 hours a week, on the work outlined in your Fellowship application, and it must remain as your main professional priority.

You do not need to be based in the United States or be an American citizen. Echoing Green encourages applicants of all nationalities, working in any country, to apply for the fellowship. Echoing Green does not sponsor American work permits for any foreign nationals.

An organization does not only have to be run by one individual, but only a single applicant is eligible to apply for an Echoing Green fellowship starting in 2021.

Echoing Green does not have any educational requirements to apply for a Fellowship.

Organization Eligibility:
- Organizations that are independent but have fiscal sponsors are eligible for the Echoing Green Fellowship as long as the fiscal sponsor has no authority over the organization’s work and decision making.
- To be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, you must be able to make and act on organizational decisions of your own choosing. If other organizations or entities manage or hold decision-making authority for your proposed organization, you may not be eligible. Organizations that are independent but have fiscal sponsors may be eligible as long as the fiscal sponsor has no authority over the organization’s work and decision making.
- Echoing Green seeks applicants in need of funding to initiate or scale their organizations. We generally describe early-stage organizations or ideas as those that 1) have operated with full-time staff for less than five years or 2) still need resources to grow and sustain their operations. Organizations that already have all of the following in place *may* not qualify as early-stage enough for the Echoing Green Fellowship: a well-defined program model; an initial strategic plan; basic organizational infrastructure (like a bank account, payroll, job descriptions, etc.); a staffing plan; initial funding sources; and a board of directors that meets regularly to manage organizational governance. If you do not have all of these elements in place yet, you may still be in your startup phase and eligible to apply for an Echoing Green Fellowship.
- Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Echoing Green cannot distribute funds to organizations whose primary purpose is lobbying. Lobbying is defined as activities that seek to support specific political candidates, specific political parties, or urge action on specific legislative bills. Issue-area advocacy, defined as the attempt to cause political action using methods such as civic education and public campaigns, is not considered lobbying. For more details, please reference the IRS definition here:
- For you and your organization to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, no founding team members and no people in a leadership position can be an Echoing Green Fellow.

Organizations are not required to be structured as a nonprofit in order to be eligible. All organization structures are eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship as long as they are focused on social impact.

Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible. You do not need to establish 501(c)(3) status or register your organization before you apply.

To be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the organization cannot engage in recruitment, promotion, or conversion for a specific religious faith to your constituency. If your organization’s work has a spiritual element or works with existing faith communities but does not promote or recruit on behalf of that faith, you may be eligible.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join for a virtual information session on January 17, 2023 to learn more about the Echoing Green Fellowship program and the application process.

Pre-Application Information
Accepting applications for 2023 Fellowship: January 24 - February 7, 2023

Your application must be received before 2:00 PM (14:00) ET on the date of the deadline. Without exception, if Echoing Green receives your application after this deadline, regardless of technical difficulty, your submission will not be considered for the Fellowship application cycle.

Applicants who are selected for the Fellowship will be notified in August 2022.

You may only submit one application. Any applicant who submits multiple applications for the same project or single applications for different projects in the same application cycle will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

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Estimated Size of Grant
A stipend over 18 months (80,000 USD). Funding offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the application process, you may email You will usually receive a response within two working days.

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