Tips for Successful Field Site Applications »
Successful field site applications include detailed project descriptions and work plans that outline how the project will meet the needs of communities, build the capacity of the organization, allow Fellows to use and grow their professional skills, and have an impact on the food security, health, well-being, and/or quality of life of low-income Americans. We typically receive about 30 work plan applications for 16 Fellows. Projects are more likely to receive a match if they provide opportunities for Fellows to see how organizations work to eliminate injustice, social inequality and other root causes of hunger and poverty.
How do sites develop successful projects?
- Identify your organizational and community needs. What are the projects or programs you have wanted to get started but have not been able to initiate due to staff limitations? Our goal in partnering with field sites is to allow Fellows to help build the capacity of field sites and enhance or initiate new programs or projects.
- When describing your project, focus on the ways your project is unique, impactful, innovative, and exciting.
- Fellows are ambitious, bright, and motivated individuals who want to be challenged. Please do not underestimate their potential. The Fellows are not interns, they are exceptionally motivated full-time team members, so be sure to develop work plans with high expectations.
- Clarity is important! Please outline clear goals and be mindful of using too much jargon.
- Consider the sustainability of the projects/programs you propose for the Hunger Fellows. Demonstrate how you foresee the projects continuing after the Fellows leave and the connection of the proposed project to the mission of your organization.
- Build opportunities into work plans for the Fellows to seek out the perspectives and learn from the experiences of community members most impacted by your programs and initiatives.