Echoing Green Fellowship For Social Entrepreneurs ($80,000)

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Echoing Green supports bold leaders from around the world who see possibility in the face of our time’s most existential challenges.
This Fellowship is for people whose enterprises are in their early stages and who are experts in the problem they’ve chosen to tackle. We seek leaders who reflect the communities they serve and bring a deep understanding of the issues to their work as they co-design solutions with and for their communities.

WORTH

  • A comprehensive program to build and grow leadership skills and develop the strategies needed for ideas to thrive.
  • Ongoing support focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as self-care workshops designed specifically for the struggles of entrepreneurship.
  • A portfolio team facilitates the Fellow experience and connects these leaders to experts and opportunities according to their needs.
  • A stipend over 18 months (80,000 USD). Funding offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.
  • Gatherings to connect Fellows across classes and cohorts, as well as with experienced business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues.
  • A suite of pro-bono support from leading professionals to build organizational capacity and help navigate the social entrepreneurship field.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Echoing Green Fellowship applicants must be 18 years or older by February 28, 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.
  • 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.
  • Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Echoing Green cannot distribute funds to organizations whose primary purpose is lobbying.
  • 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.
  • 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.

DEADLINE: November 2, 2021

To apply and for more information visit here

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