Type of Funding
Echoing Green is inviting social entrepreneurs working to bring about positive social change, to apply for the 2019-2020 Echoing Green Fellowships. There are 3 fellowship programs: the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, the Climate Fellowship and the Global Fellowship. Thirty fellows are accepted into the 2-year, full-time Echoing Green Fellowships every year.
The Climate Fellowship is for social entrepreneurs interested in climate change mitigation and adaptation responses; this can be anything from a U.S.-based technological solution to a developing world-based community organizing solution. Applicants should be from organizations which primary personal passion and primary focus should be on ways to address climate change.
The BMA Fellowship is for social entrepreneurs creating solutions that support positive life outcomes for black men and boys in the United States. Although the applicant’s organization must focus on issues affecting black men and boys, the BMA Fellowship applicants are not required to be part of this population and will be chosen regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. They have to show why they feel a deep and long-lasting commitment to making change in this particular community.
The Global Fellowship is for social entrepreneurs who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Their organizations may be located anywhere across the globe and their organization or idea may be focused on innovations across any program area.
Candidates will be asked to select their preferred program area(s), from the following list:
- Arts & Culture
- Civil & Human Rights
- Food & Agriculture
- Health & Healthcare
- Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
- Public Service & Civic Engagement.
An applicant is not eligible for more than 1 Fellowship type in an application cycle. Echoing Green will decide which Fellowship is the best fit for the candidate.
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 plus a flexible benefit stipend. Funding will be offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.
Fellows will benefit from a comprehensive, self-paced program to work towards building leadership skills and developing the structures and strategies needed for ideas to thrive. There will be ongoing secular support from 3 Echoing Green Chaplains, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as self-care workshops designed specifically for the struggles of entrepreneurship.
Each fellow will also be partnered with a dedicated Portfolio Manager – an expert advisor and thought partner who will guide the fellow in leadership growth and help to build ideas and organizations for success, and will connect Fellows to additional resources and funding opportunities.
In addition, fellows will receive lifelong support and attend retreats and networking events that connect Fellows across classes and cohorts, as well as with experienced business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues. They will be party to expert advisory groups, which are made up of leading professionals, providing pro bono legal and investment advice and other forms of support, to help fellows navigate the social entrepreneurship and impact investment fields.
Applicants must be people with ideas and vision to bring positive change to the world. It is not necessary for them to have a perfect business plan or resume, so long as they are committed to the problem they are solving and ready to make a big impact. They should have purpose and passion about the issue they are tackling and their community. They also need to have resilience, leadership qualities and the ability to attract resources to their cause.
The organization they are leading should possess innovation and potential for impact and the problem which they want to solve should be important, on a global, regional or local scale. Applicants’ organizations should possess a good business model.
Applicants must be over 18 years old, fluent in English, and able to commit a full 40-hour work week to their organization. The organization must be the original idea of the applicant(s), and is in its start-up phase (usually within the first 2 years of operation), and independent and autonomous.
Those who currently are full-time students or employees must agree to make their organization their full-time engagement if awarded a Fellowship.
Candidates do not need to be based in the US or be American citizens. The only limitation on work location is that if the applicant’s project is based in the United States, then the applicant 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.
The applicant’s organization can be structured as a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid and it does not have to be run by 1 individual. Partners can apply for a Fellowship. Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible. Applicants do not need to establish 501(c)(3) status or register their organization before they apply.
The program must be independent and autonomous. It cannot be under the management of another organization. Applicants who have fiscal sponsors that provide support but do not control organization decisions, 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.
Applications are to be done online by 16 October 2019.