We're looking for five new projects that will fuel social change.

 

WHAT IS THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ACCELERATOR?

For over thirty years, the Urban Justice Center has provided a platform for dynamic advocates to fuel social change, successfully incubating innovative and impactful advocacy projects. The UJC will now more intentionally expand this work with our new Social Justice Accelerator (SJA). The SJA will award up to five people the opportunity and resources to develop their early-stage projects focused on social justice initiatives. Awards will be for a one-year period, with the opportunity and intention to extend it for a second year. The Social Justice Accelerator at UJC is looking to bring in dynamic people and teams who will make important impacts on significant social justice issues, leading the way for a just, fair and decent society.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

The Social Justice Accelerator is open to ideas and early stage organizations aimed at making a significant impact on social justice issues. We welcome lawyers, advocates, writers, artists, and anyone else with a vision and a plan. The SJA is designed for folks who are passionate about their idea and determined to bring it to life – and the SJA’s support will be instrumental to helping make it a reality. 

UJC’s strength is born from its model that allows each project to bring their vision to life by determining their own programming and strategy, with the benefit of UJC’s shared services, support and community/social justice knowledge and experience. Projects with more than one person are welcome to apply; although projects may be offered only one free space in the program, to be determined based on the application.  Overhead cost at the UJC for additional onsite staff is approximately $20,000 per person for the 2018-2019 year. 

Participating projects will be expected to incorporate separately during the one or two-year period.  The UJC will offer guidance and assistance with this process, including matching projects with pro bono legal help. Projects that have already incorporated are welcome to apply. At the end of the one or two year period, there may be an opportunity to continue to be based in UJC’s offices alongside UJC’s anchor projects, while paying for overhead costs at the regular rate.   

 

 

OFFERINGS

Participants awarded space at UJC’s office will enjoy, at no cost, the same administrative and office support as all other UJC staff in the New York office. This includes:

· Mentorship and advisement from the legal experts of the Urban Justice Center

· Fiscal sponsorship from UJC for projects that are not yet separately incorporated and/or do not have their 501c3 status

· Assistance with accounting, finance, payroll, and benefits (depending on the stage of the project and the preferences of the participant)

· A desk, chair, desktop computer, landline phone, and full access and use of UJC’s full-floor office facilities

· Cost-free standard use of printing, faxing, postage, office supplies and conference rooms

· When available, space to accommodate temporary interns or volunteers

· Assistance with branching into an independent 501c3 (if desired) at the end of the incubation period