Emerging Leader Grants are an investment in the development of leaders, between the ages of 20-35, at Christian organizations who are leading new programs at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality.

Emerging Leader grants are offered at $5,000 for one year or $10,000 over two years for new programs led by young adult leaders.

This grant program has a rolling deadline with grants awarded quarterly.

Finding Our Leaders

We believe that investing in leaders and their programs when they are getting started can have a catalytic impact not only on the program, but on the kind of leader that person will be long into the future. We seek to identify leaders who possess these skills and characteristics:

  • Inspires and influences others
  • Clear communicator
  • Visionary and strategic thinking
  • Persistence and commitment
  • Develops trust within their team
  • Deep engagement in their community
  • A calling to this work, rooted in faith in Christ

The key eligibility guideline for this program in addition to our overall eligibility is that leaders of the program must be between the ages of 20-35.

How To Apply

  • Proposals can only be submitted via the online form by clicking the Apply Now¬†button below
  • Upon clicking the Apply Now button the list of questions can be downloaded for your planning and preparation purposes
  • Review projects that have been previously funded in our Grants Directory
  • Review the Emerging Leader Grant Schedule below for upcoming deadlines

Additional Information

Questions in developing a proposal should be directed to the Programs staff at grants@weraise.org.

Once submitted, proposals are reviewed by We Raise program staff. All applicants will be interviewed or called to discuss their proposal. We see the proposal and interview process as a learning opportunity for applicants and will share feedback regardless of approval or denial. Requested revisions or resubmissions are not uncommon.

Program staff may also contact mentors of applicants to gain additional insight.

Finally, recommendations will be given to the President for approval and denial. Grant awards are announced according to the schedule below.

2018 Proposal Submission Date
February 28
May 31
August 31
November 30
Grant Award Date