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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:

08/23/19 5:00 PM Pacific


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Fellowships and grants of $50,000 to USA individual organizational leaders and activists for professional development, support, and coaching, and to strengthen programming. Funding is intended to increase the capacity of activities that promote environmental preservation, civil rights, refugee and immigrant rights, and women's and LGBTQIA rights. The 12-month program offers Fellows a chance to take an existing initiative to the next level and amplify its impact, or to launch a new initiative. Eligible expenses are, but not limited to, salaries, project development, and technology. Fellowship applications will be evaluated on the basis of commitment, impact, eco-system, and vision.

Prospective Fellows applying in the Civil Rights issue area will work to protect and advance the civil rights of minorities and people of color, including but certainly not limited to:
- Supporting equality in education, healthcare, housing, voting, and social services
- Fighting for fair and equal policing
- Ending mass incarceration
- Leveraging litigation and the court systems to protect civil rights
- Supporting voting rights and mitigating voter suppression
- Dismantling or weakening alt-right, anti-black, and racist groups

Prospective Fellows applying in the Environmental Protection issue area will work to raise awareness and develop strategies that lead to increased sustainability and environmental resilience, including but certainly not limited to:
- Holding politicians and decision-makers accountable for environmental policies
- Tackling environmental health/exposure
- Addressing unfair land use, urban sprawl, and zoning
- Fighting against corporate environmental damage
- Supporting access to clean water, air, and land
- Promoting science-based research, data collection, and reporting

Prospective Fellows applying in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights issue area will work to champion the rights of DACA recipients, immigrants, and refugees to increase their possibility for success and well-being, including but certainly not limited to:
- Supporting services, programs, and the rights of DACA recipients
- Fighting for state and federal accountability to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees
- Ensuring equitable access to education, healthcare, housing, and other basic services
- Protecting migrant workers from abuse
- Aiding refugee resettlement
- Defending deportation and providing related legal services

Prospective fellows applying in the LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights issue area will work to defend the rights of women and LGBTQIA individuals to secure their health and well-being, including but certainly not limited to:
- Supporting more women in leadership positions, including the election of women to higher office
- Fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
- Supporting LGBTQIA individuals in health care, jobs, military, housing, and family rights
- Ensuring LGBTQIA students can attend school without fear of bullying and harassment
- Gaining better maternal and infant health care, parental leave, and child care
- Fighting for “equal pay for equal work”
- Preventing and supporting victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment

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, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes applicants from across the United States. Applications are welcome 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 $2mil or less.
- Individuals whose primary focus of their work is either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection.
- Individuals who are based in and whose work is focused solely on communities in the United States.
- Individuals who can devote 100% of their time in 2020 to their project or initiative.

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 you have a 501c3 arm of the organization, you can be funded you as long as your work is legally separate from the 501c4 and the grant is earmarked as such.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by June 13, 2019.

Important dates:
- Round One Application Deadline: June 13, 2019, 5:00 PM Pacific
- Invitation to Round Two Application: July 26, 2019
- Round Two Application Deadline: August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM Pacific
- Announcement of Fellows: October 2019
- Fellowship Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2020

Roddenberry Fellows will have two required in-person retreats:
- February 17-21, 2020 in Los Angeles;
- October 1-4, 2020 in New York

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