New fund created for undocumented social entrepreneurs
GritoBlast! A person’s entrepreneurial spirit should not be hindered by race, creed, sexual orientation, color — and now, thanks to a new fund — citizenship status!
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) have launched FUSE, the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs, an initiative to foster and provide financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people working to create positive social change.
In 2016, E4FC plans to disburse $250,000 in funding through $5,000 to $50,000 one-year grants. Preliminary applications are due August 5, 2016.
“By identifying creative and highly motivated undocumented young people — and supporting the entrepreneurial projects they design and lead — we will affirm the case that all of us benefit from welcoming and fully integrating undocumented young people into the fabric of American life,” said E4FC’s Executive Director Katharine Gin. FUSE will provide concrete examples and offer inspiring stories of undocumented young people who are at the forefront of social change in the U.S.
E4FC will consider FUSE proposals for projects that address a variety of needs, target diverse populations, and employ different strategies. They can be non-profit or for-profit initiatives — or hybrid projects that include both non-profit and for-profit components.
E4FC is open to supporting projects that serve and advocate for undocumented people as well as ones with broader potential impact . . . projects that strengthen families and build community; projects that advance educational achievement; projects that broaden economic opportunities; and projects that improve public health or the environment.
Most importantly, the projects must create positive social change and must be designed and led by undocumented young people.
Proposals can be from the African and Asian diasporas and from leaders who identify as LGBT, queer or transgender as long as they are an undocumented immigrant who was born outside of the United States, is not a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident and does not possess a green card, visa, or have status to be in the U.S. Applicants do NOT need to be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to qualify.
Proposals should address the needs and concerns of diverse communities.
Applicants for funding must first submit a brief application form by August 5, 2016.