How much time should I expect to commit to
this program?

15-20 hours per month. This program requires attendance in two classes every month (5 hours per class), in-person strategy sessions and check-ins with coaches, advisors, and mentors (1-3 hours/month), and various benchmark activities to complete (5-7 hours/month)

Does my idea have to be a non-profit?

No - our program works with all kinds of organizations and business models - non-profit, for-profit, or a hybrid.

How do I know if I qualify as a “civic entrepreneur?”

If you are an individual with an idea for a solution to a social or societal problem through a venture, then you are a civic entrepreneur.  

Are there any costs associated with the Fellowship program?

All Fellows are expected to cover their own transportation and parking costs throughout the program - fortunately we are just a block away from the MARTA Five Points station.  Once you are here, we provide food and beverages for every class.

If I have applied to the Fellowship before, can I apply with the same idea again?


Do I have to be incorporated in order to apply?

No - if you are still at the idea stage, that is okay by us.

If I currently work a full-time job and work on this idea at night, should I apply?

Yes - we have had past Fellows who balance this program with a full-time job.  However, the two classes each month typically occur during the work day and all Fellows are expected to attend all classes, barring emergencies of course.

Can I submit additional materials along with my application?

No - due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not consider any additional documents during the application process. 

What role does the Food Well Alliance play in the Civic Innovation Fellowship program?

In 2016, the Center for Civic Innovation launched a partnership with Food Well Alliance to support entrepreneurial efforts that advance the strength of our local food system— this includes the way we grow it, receive it, know about it, and consume it. Through this partnership, we reserve a select number of seats in the Fellowship for leaders that are focused specifically on local food.

Do other investors also have a role in the program?

Some neighborhoods are hit with the impact of inequality harder than others. Westside neighborhoods in Atlanta face some of the highest rates of inequality in the region, and ensuring that we have participants that are focused in these neighborhoods is an important part of our program. We partnered with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Equifax Foundation, Chick-Fil-A Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta to ensure that there are Fellows that reside and/or work in Westside neighborhoods with opportunities to grow programs and services that advance the wellbeing of its residents. 

If I have other questions related to my personal situation, who should I reach out to?


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