FUSE (Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs), an initiative to foster and provide financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people will provide $5,000 to $50,000 one-year grants in 2016. Preliminary applications are due August 5, 2016.
The fund is possible thanks to Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), an organization that supports undocumented young people who are working to create positive social change, recognizing their contributions as essential to the future of our country.
“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.
E4FC will consider FUSE proposals for non-profit or for-profit initiatives that address a variety of needs, target diverse populations, and employ different strategies. The fund is open to supporting projects that serve and advocate for undocumented people. E4FC will also consider projects with broader potential impact that strengthen families and build community, advance educational achievement, broaden economic opportunities, and improve public health or the environment.
But most importantly, the projects must create positive social change and must be designed and led by undocumented young people. E4FC welcomes proposals that reflect and respond to the diversity of the undocumented community.
Applicants for funding must first submit a brief application form by August 5, 2016. Any undocumented young person is eligible to apply for a grant through FUSE. Applicants do not need to be eligible for DACA to qualify.
For more information about FUSE please visit fuse.e4fc.org.