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Published on April 12th, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern

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2014 Prosperity for All Scholarships

Scholarship Details

BALLE seeks scholarship applicants who will contribute to the diversity of the Localism movement and who might not otherwise be able to attend the BALLE Conference.

BALLE is an equal opportunity organization, and yet we recognize that economic opportunity is not currently equal. To this end, we set up this scholarship fund specifically to support entrepreneurs and local economy leaders from communities of color, low income communities, the LGBTQ community and their allies, and women-led organizations. We welcome applications from the United States, Canada and beyond. Since 2007, the Fund has awarded over 275 scholarships to help meet these goals. Each scholarship covers up to the full cost for main conference registration.

Through the generous support of a number of funders and supporters, BALLE has created the Prosperity for All Scholarship Fund for entrepreneurs and local economy leaders from North America and beyond to attend the 2014 BALLE Conference and explore how local ownership, social enterprise, and collaboration between businesses and communities can improve economic justice and generate real, lasting prosperity for all people.

Selection Process

The following values and goals guide our selection process:

  • Because we want to keep growing our community, we give preference to people who have not received a Scholarship in the past.
  • Because we aim for the Conference to create ripple effects in the broader Localism movement, we give preference to applicants who see the BALLE Conference as a catalyst for their work – and their attendance as a catalyst for the work of others.
  • Because we believe that truly transformative work happens when businesses and organizations come together within the context of a place, we look for applicants who are bringing together businesses and partners in their community.
  • Because this Scholarship Fund seeks to engage entreprenuers and local economy leaders who are underrepresented in the Localism movement, we give preference to applicants of economic need who represent communities of color, low income communities, the LGBTQ community and their allies, and women-led organizations.

The first deadline for application review is April 23rd. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that date and scholarships will be awarded as funds are available.

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