Echoing Green will award twelve to twenty two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs in 2011. The fellowships provide start-up capital and technical assistance to social entrepreneurs around the world working to turn their ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with innovative solutions to significant social problems, strategies designed to create high-impact and sustainable change in people’s lives, and the ability to grow and lead a new organization.

The application process is open to citizens of all nationalities working in any country. Applicants must be fluent enough in English to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events, and must be 18 years of age or older.

Organizations seeking support must be the original idea of the applicant and must be independent, autonomous, and in a start-up phase, which means the applicant may have been running the organization full-time for up to two years, with Echoing Green’s financial support constituting its major/primary early funding. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start an organization are generally considered eligible. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to their organization’s development.

Fellows receive up to $60,000 ($90,000 for partnerships of two people) in seed funding over two years.

Visit the Echoing Green Web site for complete eligibility information, application materials, and profiles of fellows and their projects: http://www.echoinggreen.org/

The National AIDS Fund, with support from the Social Innovation Fund, has announced the opportunity for grant support through its Access to Care (A2C) initiative.

The goal of A2C is to increase the access and consistent utilization of effective HIV healthcare by People Living With HIV/AIDS, particularly those living in poverty, who know their HIV status but are not receiving HIV-specific care or support. Over the next three to five years, NAF will support approximately eight to twelve states, regions, and communities with high rates of infection to facilitate access to healthcare by strengthening support and service systems and addressing barriers that affect people’s readiness or ability to participate in HIV healthcare.

Grantseekers are encouraged to focus their applications on marginalized populations that traditionally have less access to, and retention within, medical care. Additionally, NAF seeks to spur innovative solutions to problems that have existed for PLWHA since the beginning of the epidemic — intersecting structural barriers to HIV care that include systems of care that do not address health needs with cultural competency, a lack of quality HIV care in rural or impoverished areas, lack of treatment self-efficacy among PLWHA, stigma and its impact on prevention, care and treatment deficiencies, and the individual-level dynamic that is the result of HIV infection being only one of many competing health and well-being challenges.

Applications should be coordinated by a lead entity for each project; priority will be given to efforts that share resources and involve multiple community partners that together have the trust of populations that experience the greatest challenges accessing healthcare.

Grantees must provide a local 1:1 dollar match toward their awards. NAF recognizes that communities will require assistance in identifying and accessing additional resources and will work with grantee communities in an effort to facilitate the process. Grant amounts are expected to fall into a range of $200,000 to $800,000 each annually, depending on the scope, scale, and numbers of individuals being reached in the proposed project. This range includes the local match amounts that grantees will be responsible for raising with NAF’s assistance.

Visit the National AIDS Fund Web site for complete grant guidelines and application materials: http://www.aidsfund.org/2010/09/20/national-aids-fund-with-support-from-the-social-innovation-fund-announces-availability-of-grant-resources-for-access-to-care-a2c-initiative/