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Alston/Bannerman Fellowship - Deadline for applications Dec 1. The fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 for long-time activists of color to take sabbaticals for reflection and renewal. Write to The Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program, 1627 Lancaster St., Baltimore, MD 21231-3425 (410)327-6220/ Fax(410)421-5862 www.AlstonBannerman.org

Note: The award is in memory of Dana Alston, an organizer for civil rights, women, and the environment. She was a program officer at the Public Welfare Foundation and supported RDLN in that capacity. She also served as discussion leader at the RDLN Rural Development Institute and had read applications for the National Rural Fellows program.

Charles Bannerman was executive director of Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE). RDLN Leader C.J. Jones is current executive director. He won a Bannerman award the first year it was offered.

Echoing Green Fellowship- Deadline: January 6, 2003 (Initial applications). The highly competitive program is open to individuals domestically and internationally in all public service areas, including but not limited to the environment, arts, education, health, youth service and development, civil and human rights, and community and economic development. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Individuals who are awarded a fellowship receive a two-year $60,000 stipend, health and dental insurance coverage, access to the Echoing Green network of social changemakers, and technical assistance. The stipend can be used for any purpose related to the start up of the organization or project. Partnerships of no more than two individuals may apply for a combined fellowship for a total two-year stipend of $90,000. Both partners will receive all benefits attached to the fellowship.

All applications for the 2003 fellowships must be submitted online at the program's Web site.

RFP Link: http://www.echoinggreen.org/supportdocsindex.htm?id=8.

For additional RFPs in Community Improvement/Development, visit: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_community.jhtml

Ford Foundation- Deadline: January 7, 2003. The Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World program seeks to recognize, strengthen, and support leaders, and to highlight the importance of leadership in improving lives. The program seeks to confirm that resourceful leaders are bringing about positive change in American communities. Write to: Leadership for a Changing World Advocacy Institute 1629 K St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006-1629 Tel: (202) 777-7560 E-mail: [email protected] RFP Link: http://www.leadershipforchange.org

New Voices - Deadline January 13, 2003. The 2003 Fellowship Application packet is now available online. This is a capacity-building and leadership development grant program that assists nonprofit organizations and professionals entering the fields of human rights and international cooperation. New Voices Fellows are offered financial assistance, training, and other opportunities for personal and professional development. Their host organizations are provided international cooperation. Sponsored program areas that include foreign policy, international economic policy, etc. Their host organizations are provided salary-support grants, as well as technical assistance from national experts. You may download an application at http://newvoices.aed.org/processform.html, or call 202-884-8051 to request one.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund - Deadline March 1, 2003 For women seeking A.A. or bachelor's degrees. Ten awards of $10,000 and fifty awards of $1,000 for women who have been awarded their high school diploma or GED at least ten years ago, and who have at least two full time semesters or twenty-four credits left to earn an undergraduate degree. Applications available at Talbot stores or on the company's website: http://www.talbots.com/about/scholar/scholar.asp

Vallecitos Mountain Refuge - Ten day retreat for personal and spiritual renewal for outstanding nonprofit leaders for at the Vallecitos ranch in New Mexico. The Fellowship pays all costs, including transportation, if needed. To qualify you must have at least five years of experience in public interest work and a demonstrated capacity for leadership. (Emphasis on people of color). For more information, including application deadline, contact http://www.vallecitos.org, or call (505) 751-0351.

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