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Dear Friends and Seed Grant Applicants,
In January 2015 Kosmos Journal invited open submissions for two Seed Grants and soon your proposals began streaming in from all parts of the world. The passion and commitment expressed by so many, doing such vital work in so many places, took our breath away. We never dreamed we would receive more than 1700 proposals. In ‘750 words or less’ you conveyed a snapshot of a world community engaged in transformation at every level of society and at multiple scales. It was a privilege to read your words.
The choice was not a simple one. We weighed many factors. The two projects our committee ultimately selected are emblematic of the quality and promise that scores of other projects also demonstrated. The great majority of proposals we received are certainly worthy of support in their own right and we thank you for your time and your service.
Here are the official recipients of the inaugural 2015 Kosmos Seed Grants:
$2500 to Harlem Grown – New York City, NY – Growing Food, Growing Knowledge, and Growing Future Leaders
$2500 to UniTED – Uganda, East Africa – A Global Community of Students Uniting for Effective Social Action
We have also selected five shortlisted projects as “2015 Projects of Promise”. These honorees will receive ongoing collaborative support from Kosmos. They are:
We share details about each of these projects in the stories below, and we will continue to follow their journeys in the weeks and months ahead. Fourteen years ago, a $2500 grant from Lifebridge Foundation enabled us to print the first edition of Kosmos Journal. How thrilling it is to pass this act of generosity forward.
Congratulations to All!
Reminder: The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Kosmos Journal will be mailed in early May. Please purchase or renew your subscription. All sales also include access to the most recent digital issue of Kosmos.
“We are very grateful to be a recipient of one of Kosmos Journal’s first seed grants. Working with youth ages 5 to 15, we create urban farms in Harlem that are home to educational and mentor-based programs. Our work is based on community and partnerships: we cannot do it alone. This Seed Grant from Kosmos will allow us to develop the 131st Street Garden into a thriving educational space.”
– Tony Hillery, Executive Director/Founder HARLEM GROWN
“We are delighted to be working with Kosmos to further this mission of global transformation through friendship. The inaugural Seed Grant will support our first UniTED world training camp, bringing together more than 100 Uniters face-to-face in Uganda this August. We look forward to sharing the journey with Kosmos and demonstrating how hope emerges through the friendships and collaboration of young people addressing the global challenges we face in our own communities. In doing so, we feel we have something to contribute to the emerging world community as well.”
– Vicky Clayton, UniTED Trustee and Co-founder
As part of our 2015 Seed Grant Initiative, Kosmos has selected five additional projects that demonstrate special promise and align with our mission. We will follow these projects closely in the year ahead, offering editorial and other forms of support.
Meet our Five 2015 Projects of Promise.
By Micha Narberhaus, in the Current Edition of Kosmos Journal
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