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Echoing Green Fellowship

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Social Justice Projects that Benefit Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Echoing Green

Deadline Date:

10/16/19 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 address issues in the areas of education, climate change, health, human rights, poverty, and racial justice.

What Echoing Green looks for in applicants:

  • Purpose & Passion: Echoing Green wants to understand why you care deeply about this issue and your community.
  • Resilience: Demonstrate how you foresee challenges, and avoid or bounce back from them.
  • Leadership: Can you lead this organization toward its goals? What unique skills and experiences will help you succeed?
  • Ability to Attract Resources: Demonstrate that you can attract money, people and other resources to your cause.

What Echoing Green looks for in organizations:

  • Innovation: What about your approach is different from things that have been tried in the past?
  • Importance: Explain to us the problem you want to solve and why it matters now on a global, regional, or local scale.
  • Potential for Impact: We want to know if your project will directly impact many lives, or create systemic changes.
  • A Good Business Model: You do not have to have solved all the details of how your organization will run, but show us that you are considering this thoughtfully and realistically.

Types of Fellowships:

  • 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.
  • 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.

For more information about the program issues, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164279

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 for individuals; $90,000 for partnerships. Funding offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for a two-year, full-time Fellowship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

- 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.
- You do not need to be based in the US or be an American citizen. The only limitation on work location is that if your project is based in the United States, then you must have American work authorization (i.e., citizenship, permanent residence status, or a work visa). Echoing Green does not sponsor American work permits for any foreign nationals.

Organization Eligibility:

- An organization can be structured as a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid.
- An organization does not only have to be run by one individual. Partners can apply for a Fellowship.
- 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.
- The program must be independent and autonomous. It cannot be under the management of another organization. If you have a fiscal sponsor that provides support but does not control organization decisions, you are eligible.
- Tuition or scholarship funding, or research projects; lobbying or faith-based organizations; and existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase are not eligible to apply.

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 necessary.

If unsure about eligibility, take the Eligibility Quiz:

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:

Applications will be open September 18–October 16, 2019. Your application must be received before 2:00 PM (14:00) ET on the date of the application deadline.

About the Fellowship:

Contact Information:

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

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

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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

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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.