Baltimore Community Fellowship Program
Sponsor: Open Society Foundations SYNOPSIS: Up to 12 individuals are awarded a Baltimore Community Fellowship to implement innovative projects that seek to improve the circumstances and capacity of an underserved community in Baltimore City. Deadline(s): 03/03/2014 Contact: Emily Smith Address: Baltimore Community Fellowship Program 201 North Charles Street Suite 1300 Baltimore, MD 21201 U.S.A. E-mail: Web Site: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/fellowship-application-20140106.pdf Program URL: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/baltimore-community-fellowships Tel: 410-234-1091 Fax: 410-234-2816 DEADLINE NOTE All letters of inquiry are due by Monday, March 3, 2014. OSI will invite those applicants chosen for further consideration to develop a more detailed proposal in May 2014. Applicants chosen to continue to the next stage will have six weeks to submit a full proposal. Award Type(s): Fellowship Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution: Any/No Restrictions Target Group(s): NONE Funding Limit: $60,000 Duration: 18 MONTHS Indirect Costs: Unspecified Cost Sharing: No Sponsor Type: Non-Profit Organizations Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS OBJECTIVES: The Baltimore Community Fellowships Program was established to assist individuals wishing to apply their education, life experiences and professional experiences to serve marginalized communities. The goals of these fellowships are to encourage public and community service careers, expand the number of mentors and role models available to youth in inner-city neighborhoods, and promote entrepreneurial initiatives that empower communities to increase opportunities and improve the quality of life for their residents. Applicants may either apply for a fellowship: 1) to work under the auspices of a nonprofit organization in Baltimore City; or, 2) to work independently. In cases where the fellowship takes place at an organization in Baltimore, applicants must secure sponsorship from that organization. The applicant’s project must be harmonious with the mission of the host organization. Projects may be in the areas of: arts and culture; Black male achievement; civil liberties/legal rights; community empowerment; drug addiction treatment; economic justice/empowerment; education; health; housing; media; youth development; and other. ELIGIBILITY Applicants may come from any field, including—but not limited to—business, management,the arts, law, medicine, education, architecture, and engineering. Individuals from underserved communities and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be from Baltimore City, but should be knowledgeable about social and economic justice issues affecting Baltimore’s communities. Individuals currently receiving wages or a salary to undertake the proposed project are not eligible to apply. FUNDING Fellowship awards are in the amount of $60,000 for a term of 18 months. Other entities, including the host organization, may augment the stipend. The Baltimore Community Fellowships Program may provide limited relief for graduate school debt payments on a case-by-case basis. The host organization is expected to provide the fellow medical benefits and work space and support overhead costs as necessary.