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Echoing Green Fellowship

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Social Justice Projects that Benefit the Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Echoing Green

Deadline Date:

10/24/17 2:00 PM ET


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Fellowships of $80,000 and fellowships of $90,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for community projects that bring positive social change. The projects may be in the areas of education, environmental sustainability, economic development, justice and human rights, health, hunger and poverty alleviation, and racial and gender equity.

Echoing Green Fellows are the innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels that reject the status quo and drive positive social change all over the world. While their work, their geographies, and even their approaches may be as varied as the problems they are working to solve, their common passion and commitment form the base of this robust, active community of leaders. Social entrepreneurship Fellows work on six continents addressing a broad range of issues.

Echoing Green runs three Fellowship tracks: Black Male Achievement, Climate, and Global. You may choose to be considered for any of these Fellowships. Carefully review the information below, which describes each of the tracks, to make an informed decision about which makes best sense for you and your organization.

- Global Fellowship: This Fellowship is awarded to social entrepreneurs who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Your organization may be located anywhere across the globe. Your organization or idea may be focused on innovations across any program area.

- Black Male Achievement Fellowship: This Fellowship is awarded to social entrepreneurs working on innovative ideas for new organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. Your organization must be focused on addressing issues facing black men and boys in the United States.

- Climate Fellowship: This Fellowship is awarded to social entrepreneurs who are starting new organizations that innovatively approach climate change through mitigation, adaptation, or policy. Your organization may be located anywhere across the globe. Your organization must be focused on innovations in climate adaptation, mitigation, or policy initiatives.

Applications are particularly encouraged from:

- Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous people
- Women
- LGBTQ communities
- Currently underrepresented U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Miami
- Currently underrepresented regions globally, including Latin & Central America and East Asia

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164279

Number of Grants:

30 fellows will be chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipends will consist of $80,000 for individuals and $90,000 for two-person partnerships, in addition to health insurance and professional development stipends.

Term of Contract:

Stipends will be paid in four equal installments over two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the applicant must be over 18 years old, fluent in English, and able to commit a full 40 hour work week to their organization.

In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the organization must be the original idea of the applicant(s), in its start-up phase (usually within the first two years of operation), and independent and autonomous.

While your organization must focus on issues affecting black men and boys to be eligible for a Black Male Achievement Fellowship, the BMA Fellows are not required to be part of this population and will be chosen regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. All applicants are expected to be able to articulate clearly why they feel a deep and long-lasting commitment to making change in this particular community.

An organization can be either a non-profit, a for-profit, or hybrid. An organization does not only have to be run by one individual. Partnerships can apply for a Fellowship. Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible.

Types of organizations that are not eligible to apply include students, scholarships, or research projects; lobbying or faith-based organizations; and existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase.

Only two founders may apply per organization. As a result, please choose two, at most, to represent your organization to Echoing Green. However, you do not need to change your leadership structure to suit Echoing Green. Even if only two founders can be Echoing Green Fellows, you can have as many people leading your organization as you see fit.

Cash stipends awarded to for-profit organizations, or to hybrids that include a for-profit, are structured as “recoverable grants,” meaning that you agree to pay back your stipend if your organization becomes financially successful. Recoverable grants also apply to any nonprofit organization that becomes a for-profit or hybrid during the course of their Fellowship.

What types of projects are not eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship?

Echoing Green funds new ideas for creating sustainable organizations; established projects are not funded (those past the startup phase) or discrete projects (projects with set beginning and end points). There are several types of projects that are not eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship regardless of their stage of development. These include:

- Research projects or school tuition
- Books, films, plays, or scripts
- New projects within existing organizations
- Faith-based initiatives (your organization cannot be associated with a religious institution or promote a specific faith. If your work has a spiritual, non-denominational element, you may be eligible for consideration.)

Pre-Application Information:

The application will be accessible online from September 26 – October 24, 2017.

- September: Webinars, digital resources, and sample questions available in advance of application opening.

- October: Online application closes.

- November: Applications screened, reviewed, and scored by internal Echoing Green team.

- January: Essays, budgets, and letters of reference evaluated 20 times or more by 800 expert volunteers. Applicants not selected to continue at this stage receive evaluators’ scores and assessments.

- April: Finalists are published online and promoted in the annual Social Impact Talent Report. Finalists are flown to New York for panel interviews, workshops, and networking events. Finalists receive individual feedback and consultation, regardless of outcome.

- June: The 2018 Echoing Green Fellows are introduced at the Big Bold Benefit in NYC, and kick off their Fellowship at their New Fellows Retreat.

How to apply:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Erica Lock, Director of Fellowship Programs

Echoing Green
462 Seventh Avenue, 13th Floor
New York , NY 10018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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 country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.