Type of Funding
Echoing Green is inviting emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change, to apply for the 2018-2019 Echoing Green Fellowships. There are 3 fellowship programs: the signature Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement Fellowship and the Echoing Green Climate Fellowship. Echoing Green will provide more than US$4.6 million in seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.
The Global Fellowship is open to any leader, from anywhere in the world, with an innovative solution for any issue. The Black Male Achievement Fellowship supports leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States, while the Echoing Green Climate Fellowship, which was created in partnership with The ZOOM Foundation, is for next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Echoing Green Fellows work on issues such as economic development, education, environmental stability, health, justice & human rights, hunger & poverty alleviation and racial and gender equity.
Fellows will receive a stipend of US$80,000 (or US$90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in 4 equal installments over 2 years. They will also a health insurance stipend, a yearly professional development stipend and attend leadership development and networking gatherings. They will have access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow their organization. Each Echoing Green Fellow is assigned a dedicated portfolio manager who will offer guidance, assistance and referrals for issues that Fellows encounter. All fellows will become part of a community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of more than 700 Fellows working in over 60 countries all over the world. There will also be ongoing secular support and guidance from 3 Echoing Green chaplains, focusing on the mental and emotional well-being of Fellows.
Fellowship cash stipends awarded to for-profit companies are structured as recoverable grants, which means that if the fellow’s for-profit company either achieves US$2 million in revenue in a fiscal year with positive net income, or is valued at more than US$5 million (within 5 years), the cash stipends will have to be paid back plus interest. Recoverable grants also apply to non-profits that convert to for-profits, and to non-profits that create a for-profit organization working towards the same mission, over the course of the 2-year fellowship. The recoverable grants are designed specifically for seed-stage investment. If the for-profit company does not hit one of the triggers within 5 years, it does not need to repay the stipend.
Applicants have to be over 18 years old, fluent in English and able to commit a full 40-hour work week to their enterprise. The organization must be the original idea of the applicant(s) and in its idea phase or start-up phase, which is typically within the first 2 years of operation. The enterprise can be either a non-profit, for-profit or hybrid, but it must be independent and autonomous. It does not only have to be run by 1 individual: partnerships are also eligible. Organizations still in the idea phase are also eligible.
Students, scholarships, research projects, lobbying or faith-based organizations and existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase, are not eligible.
Applicants should ideally be innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. Applications are particularly encouraged from:
- Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous people
- LGBTQ communities
- Currently underrepresented U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Miami and
- Currently underrepresented regions globally, including Latin & Central America and East Asia
Applicants would be individuals that have a solution that would help their community thrive, an idea that would create new pathways to justice, or those who perceive fresh opportunities where others only see obstacles. They should be individuals who have:
- Purpose and passion
- Leadership and
- Ability to attract resources
Applications are to be done online by 30 October 2018.