Emerging Leader Grants Program

We Raise Foundation
Last date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

The We Raise Foundation has launched Emerging Leader Grants Program which is an investment in the development of leaders, between the ages of 20-35, at Christian organizations who are leading new programs at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality in the United States.

They believe investing in leaders and their programs when they are getting started can have a catalytic impact on both the program, and the kind of leader that person will be long into the future. They seek to identify leaders who possess these skills and characteristics:

  • Inspires and influences others
  • Clear communicator
  • Visionary and strategic thinking
  • Persistence and commitment
  • Develops trust within their team
  • Deep engagement in their community
  • A calling to this work, rooted in faith in Christ

Funding Information

  • Emerging Leader grants are $15,000 over two years for new programs led by young adult leaders. Of the $15,000, $10,000 is designated for start-up expenses for the new program and $5,000 is designated exclusively for leadership development.
  • This leadership development includes:
  • Attendance at a Leadership Fundamentals conference through The Center for Creative Leadership and associated travel and lodging expenses
  • Attendance at the Global Leadership Summit through satellite locations
  • Individualized Leadership Coaching

Eligibility Criteria

  • Christian nonprofits within the United States and serving people in the United States
  • Organizations serving people at the intersection of poverty, violence and inequality
  • Organizations serving predominantly people of color
  • Programs that are 3 years or younger or ones that have significantly expanded or entirely revised
  • Programs that propose a new and innovative approach
  • Capital expenses essential to new programming

They do not Fund:

  • Programs in existence over 3 years, unless invited to apply
  • Programs outside the United States
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Event sponsorship
  • Funding to an individual (i.e. scholarships)
  • Planning grants
  • Advocacy and public policy focused work


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