Call for applications for the PEL 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship Program (Up to $10, 000) is open!
Do you have an idea or a project in the process to create systemic change in the US economy? Thinking in gaining support on your idea and being part of a cohort of others with common values? They are inviting Applications for systems change initiatives for a just, transformative and regenerative economy from people or organisations from communities of colour on the frontlines of an unjust system.
The Fellowship Program objective is to support communities to experiment in making change to the underlying conditions of the economy, toward an economy of democracy and community control, that is sustainable and equitable, and creates shared economic well-being by fulfilling local BIPOC needs.
About PEL 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship Program
The PEL 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship Program (Up to $10, 000) is led by and centers communities of color in our region that experience disproportionate harm in this extractive economy. We convene community leaders, workshop transformative ideas, and build better economic models. We push the boundaries of what’s possible for a Just Transition to local, community-centered economies that are equitable, democratic, and regenerative.
This fellowship empowers emerging new economy leaders to advance their pilot initiatives through a grant. Four to five fellowships will be selected and allocated initial grants of $8,000 to $10,000 to advance their project and participate in a cohort of Frontline Community Fellows.
Additionally, we will be engaging in a participatory budgeting process for the 2022 New Economy Washington Fund, a community controlled funding pool of up to $100,000 to be distributed to the fellows and other new economy leaders and organizations.
We are accepting applications from frontline communities of color – individuals and teams such as entrepreneurs, community leaders, and organizations such as nonprofits, small businesses, etc. who have a backing from communities they intend to benefit. Project applicants and projects should be based in Washington State and demonstrate benefits to residents.
Expectations for PEL 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship Program
Fellows can anticipate a commitment of two and a half hours of cohort time for instruction sessions in addition to self-directed project work and time to connect for technical support. It is expected that successful Fellows will be available for interviews, sharing media, and content for amplifying their work.
Benefits of PEL 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship Program
This fellowship empowers emerging new economy leaders to advance their pilot initiatives. Four to five fellowships will be selected and allocated initial grants to advance their project and participate in a cohort of Frontline Community Fellows. As a Fellow, you will receive:
- Grant of $8,000 to $10,000
- Relationship building and peer learning
- Customized project support Access to technical experts and professional development learning opportunities
- Opportunities to showcase project and consult with funder communities and other partners
- New this year, Fellows will join a participatory budgeting process for the 2022 New Economy Washington Fund, a community funding pool of up to $100,000* for new economy leaders and organizations.
Requirements for PEL Fellowship Program Qualification
- Open to individuals or organizations from communities of color in the U.S. 2021 Fellows included:
- Indigenous artists reclaiming stolen land and building vehicles to empower Native creative economies;
- Black-led organizations building community controlled development infrastructure that builds generational wealth and combats displacement;
- Gig workers unions winning ground breaking labor protections and creating mutual aid systems that combat the devastating effects of COVID-19;
- Latina community leaders creating urban farming and food systems that they own and control cooperatively and more!
Key Activities and Dates
This is a Fellowship program anticipated to begin in June 2022 through January 2023.
Mar 24, 2022: Request for Application issued
April 20, 2022: Last day to submit questions by 12:00pm
April 25, 2022: Application Submission Due by 5:00pm
May 18-24, 2022: Interviews
June 6, 2022: Award Announcement
June – Dec 2022: Fellowship Program
January 2023: Fellowship Ends
How to Apply
Interested and qualified? Go to People’s Economy Lab on docs.google.com to apply
Fill out the online application form and/or submit via a Word Doc (in either form 3 pages max) that answers the questions in the form, including:
- Tell them about yourself (individual/team) and your relationship to the community your project serves.
- What Washington state geography does your project cover
- The stage of your current project
- What is the systemic problem you’re trying to address?
- How does your solution transform the economy?
- What is your project and approach, and what outcomes do you seek to achieve?
- Who is the community you are serving and how have they been involved in developing your approach?
- Describe your community demographics.
- Provide the total amount of funding needed for the project with categories of spending.
For those who are not comfortable with a written submission, we will accept other media forms such as video or audio up to 10-minutes that answer the questions above and showcase the goals of your project.
Deadline to submit your Application is April 25, 2022 by 5pm. If you choose to submit your Application outside of this Application Form (link), please email to email@example.com. Subject: Application – New Economy Washington Fellowship.
If you have any questions about the Application and its process, please feel free to reach out to Njuguna Gishuru at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 25, 2022
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