To accelerate social change, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps a network of visionaries work to solve deeply rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential.
This is not an academic scholarship program. Echoing Green Fellows work in the community to launch, manage, and grow organizations that implement and continually expand their ideas for creating lasting social change. The goal of this fellowship is to create a dynamic organization by identifying and sup¬porting talented yet unproven social entrepreneurs.
Applicants must present compelling and original ideas for addressing and resolving the root cause of a tough social challenge. Applicants may be an individual or a partnership of two individuals. Organizations must be independent and autonomous and must not be started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision-maker for the organization’s development and management. Generally, organizations with fiscal sponsors are still considered autonomous.
Organizations must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the applicant may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green’s financial support should qualify it as a major/primary early funder. Applicants who have worked on their organization on a part-time basis only or have yet to start an organization are generally eligible.
Applicants must make a full-time commitment, defined as a minimum of 35 hours per week, to the organization’s development. Fellows are expected to resign from their current employment. When partnerships (organizations led by two individuals) apply, both partners must make a full-time commitment of no fewer than 35 hours per week to the development of the organization.
Applicants must commit to lead their organization for at least two years. Students who apply will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to time commitment conflicts with their studies.
The Echoing Green Fellowship Grant provides both technical and financial support for two years for individuals ($40,000 per year) or partner¬ships ($45,000 per year). The stipend can be used for any purpose related to the start-up of the organization or project. Echoing Green also offers support through a variety of media, including the Internet, conferences, site visits, and phone contact. Guidance in areas such as strategic and financial planning, staff and board development, fundraising, legal and accounting practices, and many other aspects of starting and building a nonprofit organization also is available.
Early January 2015
Phase 1 application deadline. Initial applications are accepted online only at http://www.echoinggreen.org. Partners must submit a joint application for their project.
Semifinalists announced and invited to complete expanded application.
Early March 2015
Semifinal applications due.