Foundation / Corporation
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Fellowship of up to $25,000 to a USA, Canada, or International nonprofit, for-profit, advocacy organization, IHE, research center, or grassroots organization for an innovative human rights project related to safety and change in Central America's Northern Triangle. Funding is intended for projects that will bring about systemic change by creating, nurturing, or spreading an innovation in human rights. Projects should focus on addressing the root causes of forced displacement.
The theme for 2019 Innovation Fellowship is “The Right to Safety in the Northern Triangle of Central America.” UUSC’s Central American Migrant Justice Initiative supports efforts to promote the right to safety in Central America by resisting state-sanctioned violence, in addition to advancing the right to safety on the migrant trail and human rights in the U.S. immigration system. This entails supporting grassroots organizations working for systemic change and “connecting groups across the migrant trail from El Salvador to Mexico to the United States to create a strong movement centered on the rights of people, not borders.”
Innovations may be legal strategies, methods of mobilization, methods of community outreach, technological or financial products or apps, path-breaking applied research, advances in corporate accountability, or other new approaches. The successful proposal will be rights-based, align with UUSC’s values and approach, positively impact and engage at-risk communities, and provide a new, different, and timely solution.
Assessment criteria for the fellowship include:
- Alignment with UUSC approach and values: The application must reflect UUSC’s values and be compatible with UUSC’s approach to Central American Migrant Justice.
- Impact: The project must positively impact or benefit affected communities in terms of scale and/or scope.
- Competency of applicant: The individual or organization must demonstrate clarity and rigor in assessment of the social problem and theory of change of the innovation.
- Applicant’s track record: The applicant must have a demonstrated track record that indicates knowledge, competency, and experience in the fellowship’s thematic area.
- Creativity of innovation: The application will be judged by the extent to which the project is new, different, or timely.
GrantWatch ID#: 179931
Fellow will receive a maximum grant of $25,000.
The UUSC Human Rights Innovation Fellowship is a one-year grant.
The application is open to non-governmental organizations with an innovative project that is relevant to the Fellowship’s theme. In addition, advocacy organizations, academic institutions, research centers, grassroots organizations, and UUSC partners may apply for the fellowship. However, UUSC partners’ proposed innovations must be separate from ongoing grants.
Collaboration by applicants is encouraged.
The Fund cannot accept applications from individuals.
- Applications open: September 24, 2018
- Applications close: December 31, 2018
- Finalist selected: March 2019
- Awardees announced: April 2019
The online application forms will be reviewed by UUSC, with input provided by UUSC supporters. After the initial review, the Foundation will conduct a face-to-face interview in person or over Skype or Zoom. The final selection will be made by UUSC.
Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish.
View Mission statement here:
Central American Migrant Justice: https://www.uusc.org/initiatives/central-american-migrant-justice/
Right to Safety: https://www.uusc.org/initiatives/right-to-safety-in-central-america/
Human Rights in U. S. Immigration: https://www.uusc.org/initiatives/human-rights-and-us-immigration/
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