The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is issuing a Request for Proposals for young people working to build the New Economy. On a rolling basis, they will be offering small grants (up to $5000) for convenings, projects and campaigns. The grants will be accompanied by support for planning and executing your project and access to NEC’s large and growing network.
Last year’s Campus Network program supported fourteen campuses across the US and Canada in exploring big questions about how to build an economy that prioritizes people, place and planet, culminating in the reRoute convergence, which gathered more than 300 young people to talk about building youth and student power for a new economy. This year, funding will be available to young people on and off campuses, to talk about and get to work building a new economy.
There are infinite possibilities. Map the solidarity economy in your community; plan a convening on your campus about community reinvestment; develop curriculum or bring in trainers to help with starting cooperatives, time banks or land trusts in your community; envision together what it would look like for your hometown to adopt policies to support an economy based on solidarity rather than extraction.
We hope that these programs will help to write a story about a movement led by those who bear the greatest burden at the hands of an extractive economic system—and who have the most to gain from the restorative, democratic economy growing up around us.