2019 SHIFTx Fellowship Fund Opens for Proposals

We are pleased to announce The 2019 SHIFTx Fellowship Fund is now open to Emerging Leaders Program alumni for proposals. Grants between $2,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to eligible project(s).

The SHIFTx Fellowship Fund (formerly The Emerging Leaders Program Fellowship Fund) represents The Center for Jackson Hole’s desire to share its collective-impact model nationally while simultaneously contributing to the professional development of ELP alumni. Made possible by a $10,000 grant from Patagonia, The Fund supports projects by Emerging Leaders Program alumni that address issues of importance to their communities.

The inaugural Fund recipients, 2017 Emerging Leaders Program alumni Mateen Hessami and Jess Johnson, were awarded  $10,000 for their Hunting and Fishing Mentorship Program proposal, which recruited university students, with an emphasis on women, and immersed them in a year-long conservation and subsistence development program that taught them every aspect of becoming an independent, public-land subsistence consumer and conservation activist.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

Alignment with The Center for Jackson Hole’s mission to leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains, with particular emphasis on the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, cultural relevancy and public health, highlighting the role outdoor recreation can play in the protection of our public lands.

Collaborations between new partners: The Center for Jackson Hole actively seeks to support projects that engage non-traditional partners who share similar objectives but who have historically worked independently.

Impact, Innovation, Replicability and benefits to Public Health:

  • To evaluate a proposal’s Impact, we will consider whether it will produce measurable, meaningful, and long-term improvements in its target community, economy and/or surrounding ecosystem.
  • To evaluate Innovation, we’ll consider whether it will provide unique or new approaches to the challenges it seeks to address.
  • To evaluate Replicability, we’ll consider how easily it could be scaled to other communities.
  • To evaluate its public health benefits, we’ll consider whether it helps advance and promote the health benefits of time outside.

Recipients will be required to submit three public-facing reports: an initial report, with photos, describing the project; a mid-project report summarizing progress; and a final report detailing outcomes, lessons learned and next steps.

Because of the terms of the grant, projects that support political campaigns, voter registration drives and lobbying activity to support legislation are not eligible for funding.

Applications are due by March 31, 2019. Grantees will be announced on April 30, 2019. Projects must be completed by April 30, 2020.

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