At Ambassador Enterprises, we believe in working together to build a better community for everyone. To that end, we created the Strategic Empowerment and Enterprise Development (SEED) Challenge, an opportunity for organizations to join forces to address an unmet, systemic need in their communities.
HOW IT WORKS. Two (or more) organizations, at least one of which is a nonprofit, come together to broaden their impact and cultivate deeply-rooted change in their communities. Proposals must be submitted by the nonprofit partner, and must present measurable, meaningful and innovative ideas to address a systemic need.
THE CRITERIA. A panel of judges will select the final winners based on a number of factors. We are looking for innovative ideas that transform communities and foster collaboration. What that looks like is up to you. So dream big and let’s make a difference, together.
Gateway Woods connects aged-out and soon to be aged-out foster kids with Love Church Ministries’ residential business and entrepreneurial training program. The three-year program teaches self-discipline, life lessons, and marketable job skills to these youth who would otherwise lack a familial support system as they transition to adulthood. These young adults currently work in one small business, Love Auto Repair, and have plans to cater to other interests by opening Love Urban Grounds, a coffee shop.
“We were excited about the SEED Challenge as the goals outlined in the challenge were for organizations to provide transformational ideas through collaboration and innovation. This was very empowering for our staff to think creatively about how it could accelerate our goals in bringing entrepreneurial programs to our communities. Our staff was energized about the possibilities to work with others to do more, to have a greater impact. It has been a terrific process.”
“Emily and her team run a tight ship, and it was a pleasure to work with them.
The application is thorough and the follow-on interview required preparation and thoughtfulness, but AE shared our enthusiasm for our work and we knew we were getting more than needed funds; we were building a partnership.”
Out of a Jam engages students from The Crossing, a school that empowers struggling students, by providing marketable culinary skills through a 30-day training program. Through the use of a food trailer, students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of aspects of running a culinary business in an intensive, immersive, on-the-go environment.
Run Hard. Rest Well. introduces people of all ages, professions, and life situations to a biblical blueprint of work, rest, and rhythm. Region 8 Education Service Center is expanding the current resources provided to participating schools to include the Run Hard. Rest Well. model. Through a year-long wellness program, educators are taught how to counteract the destructive nature of compassion fatigue and burnout so that they can continue to pour into the next generation without losing themselves in the process.
The grand prize is $100,000, the runner-up receives $60,000, and third place receives $30,000 to go towards implementing their projects.
All collaborations must be composed of two or more organizations, one of which must be a nonprofit. The partner(s) can be for-profit entities, government agencies, or other nonprofit organizations. The submitting organization must be a 501(c)(3).
Please fill out one proposal per project.
While the SEED Challenge is proud to be based in northeast Indiana, it is open to any nonprofit working to meet a systemic need in their community.
We are open to funding any collaborative project that creatively meets a systemic need, there are no preconceived ideas of what we expect. The only exception is capital campaigns, which will not be funded.
You will be contacted within three business days and at that time you may be invited to submit a full proposal.
With the proposal, we require a signature page (provided), an IRS determination letter from the submitting organization, and a detailed project budget. In addition, we ask for supporting financial documents which could include: a financial audit, a financial review, or financial statements from the past six months.
Online applications and formal proposals must be completed by April 30th, 2018. We recommend completing the initial application by April 13th to allow sufficient time to complete the formal proposal.
Thank you for your interest and participation in the 2018 SEED Challenge. The application period has now closed, and we are currently reviewing the proposals. We hope to see you again in 2019!
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