The Elias Foundation Announces the Activist Fellowship Program 2023

The Elias Foundation is now accepting final nominations and applications for the last round of submissions to the Activist Fellowship Program supporting Hudson Valley activists working towards local movement building in communities hardest hit by injustice and inequality. 

“We are excited to again share with you this opportunity for Fellowships for activists in underserved communities,” Jackie Man, Elias Foundation President shared with Black Westchester.

The deadline for submitting a Nomination or Letter of Intent is November 30, 2022.

Now in its fifth and final year, the goal of this program is to strengthen and build social justice movements in the Hudson Valley by developing local activists’ skills and capacities.  The Elias Foundation hopes to identify and support the work of people from the grassroots and frontline communities. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who self-define as low-income, people of color, indigenous, immigrant, women, trans, gender nonconforming, LGBT+ and/or queer, youth, working class and disabled.

Each awardee will receive a total of $90,000 over five years of support ($25,000 for the first three years, $10,000 in fourth year and $5,000 for the final year). This support is limited to people working in underserved communities who would not normally have access to funding.

To read more about the Fellowship, the criteria for applying, information on how to apply and read about previous recipients, please visit the Elias Foundation website. You can also contact Polly Withers at if you have any questions or would like to nominate someone. Thank you.

About The Elias Foundation: The Elias Foundation was created in 1999 to support progressive organizations whose advocacy and activism is designed to achieve systemic social, political and economic change. In 2015, the Elias Foundation began offering financial support to emerging grassroots leaders working in social justice community organizing in Westchester County. They are committed to leaders who amplify the voices of community members and initiatives that are grounded in and led by the communities they serve. They are particularly interested in leaders who connect their issues to a broader political, economic and social justice agenda.

While their grantmaking initially included social justice initiatives throughout the country, their focus since 2004 has been in the Hudson Valley, New York. This enables us to deepen their relationships with the organizations working to promote progressive change in the under-resourced small cities and suburban communities of this region. Through this focus they hope to learn more about the challenges and successes of community based organizations and identify models of change that could be replicated elsewhere.