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Roddenberry Fellowship

Fellowships and Grants to USA Leaders and Activists for Professional
Support and for Programs Related to Human Rights and the Environment

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Roddenberry Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/21/20 5:00 PM Pacific


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Fellowships and grants of $50,000 to USA and territories individuals to drive projects, organizations, and initiatives toward greater impact, or to create new initiatives related to the funding source's focus areas. Registration and submission of the first-phase application is required prior to submission of a full application. Projects must be aligned with one of the following issue areas: health and wellness, environmental preservation, civil rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and women's rights. The Fellowship provides funding, coaching, and professional support to innovators, community leaders, and changemakers, and its ultimate goal is cultivating a cross-sector network of activists, community leaders, advocates, and changemakers.

Areas of focus:

  • Health + Wellness – Fellows will work to overcome the barriers that prevent underserved communities from accessing the healthcare they need and deserve.
  • Civil Rights - Fellows will work toward equity for all, including in our public schools, criminal justice system, and places of work.
  • Environmental Protection - Fellows will work to mitigate the human impact on our natural resources, neighborhoods, and communities.
  • Immigration & Refugee Rights - Fellows will work to ensure the rights of all newcomers to the US regardless of where they come from or why.
  • LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights - Fellows will work to secure rights and opportunities for everyone, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Fellowship funds will be awarded as grants to achieve impact described in the application, including but not limited to salaries, project development, and technology. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186021

Number of Grants:

Up to twenty Fellows.

Estimated Size of Grant:

All Roddenberry Fellows receive a $50,000 award, as well as:
- One-on-one professional coaching and development opportunities
- Virtual collaboration sessions to provide ongoing advisement, support, and connections
- A community of peers and allies who share resources, expertise, and support

Term of Contract:

Fellowship Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following:
- United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
- Individuals who are the principal of their initiatives or organizations, including Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
- Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
- Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $3M or less.
- Individuals whose primary focus of their work is either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection.

The following persons or entities are ineligible to apply for the Fellowship:
- Individuals representing government entities are not eligible to apply.
- Individuals who submit applications on behalf of an eligible organization and are also government officials or employees will be responsible for ensuring that their participation in the Competition is permitted by the rules and regulations relevant to their position and that they have obtained any authorization that may be required by virtue of their government position.
- Individuals or organizations proposing initiatives with an annual organizational budget of more than $3 million.
- Applications for initiatives intended to influence legislation or the outcome of any specific public election or the caring on of any voter registration drive.
- Current and former directors, officers, employees or agents of The Roddenberry Foundation, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates; Immediate Family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) of such persons; or any persons living in the same households of such persons.
- Persons who are members of the Evaluation Panel, advisors or other reviewers of Fellowship Entries.

All proposals must be for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes and may not be for political or legislative purposes. 501c4 organizations are not eligible, but if there is a 501c3 arm of the organization, applicant can be funded you as long as the work is legally separate from the 501c4 and the grant is earmarked as such.

501c3 status is not a requirement and applications are accepted from individuals that are affiliated with movements, institutions, networks, or loosely structured organizations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Roddenberry Fellowship Webinar

A webinar will take place on June 2, 2020 at 12 pm PT to discuss the Fellowship and answer questions. Space is limited and registration is required. If you are unable to attend, the webinar recording will be shared on the funding source's Facebook page.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Round One Application Deadline: June 18, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific
- Round One Review: June 22-July 24, 2020
- Invitation to Round Two Application: July 27, 2020
- Round Two Application Deadline: August 21, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific
- Round Two Deadline: August 21, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific
- Round Two Evaluation: August 24 - October 23, 2020
- Fellows Announcement: November 2020
- Fellowship Begins: January 2021

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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