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Fellowships to Washington Individuals in Eligible Locations for Leadership Development and Community Improvement

Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP)


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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Pierce County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/19/23 Postmarked or Delivered Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to Washington individuals in eligible locations for leadership development and community improvement. Fellows will receive a stipend, coaching, and training, and attend retreats and monthly gatherings. The goal of the program is to bring together a collaborative group of community leaders. Eligible applicants are residents of Pierce County.

Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) is a year-long program that brings together a diverse group of leaders who are actively serving Pierce County and working to address a wide range of community challenges. The goal of JFP is to deepen leadership skills, expand perspectives and encourage equitable collaborations for grassroots and community leaders. In this 12-month, cohort-based program, Fellows meet twice monthly to share in skills training, experiential learning, and community building. 

Through Jane’s Fellowship Program, Fellows will:

  • Deepen leadership skills and perspectives with a variety of tools and resources.
  • Broaden networks by accessing Pierce County trainers, community leaders, and graduates of the Fellowship.
  • Encourage equitable collaborations through informed action, integrative practice and deeper awareness and skillfulness around diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

Fellows receive training and opportunities to practice new skills and knowledge on:

  • Advancing social and racial equity and addressing systemic inequities
  • Group facilitation
  • Navigating conflict and difference
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Leveraging personality strengths and communication style
  • Self-awareness, mindfulness, and restorative practices
  • Storytelling
  • Clarifying your personal mission and vision
  • Deepening understanding about local histories and community challenges


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Pierce County residents who feel called to lead, serve and collaborate around a community vision are encouraged to apply.

- Be a resident of Pierce County
- 24 years of age or above​
- Able to commit to consistent participation in regularly scheduled activities for the duration of the 12-month program.

Ideal Candidate:
- Volunteers or works within Pierce County neighborhoods and communities, often without formal job titles or positional power, institutional affiliation, and structures. JFP seeks candidates who are taking action at the grassroots level, in partnership with others, to expand the quality of life in their community but may lack access to opportunities or resources to invest in their own leadership potential.
- Desires personal growth, exposure to new tools and resources to expand their leadership capacity, and opportunities to practice self-reflection and accountability within a cohort setting.
- Demonstrates respect for differences among people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, geographic area, type of work, military service status, religion, faith or worldview.

Pre-Proposal Conference
You can learn more and get questions answered at one of the JFP information sessions. These sessions are optional:

Tuesday, August 22 (2:00-3:00 via Zoom)
Weds August 30 (4:00-5:00 via Zoom)
Thursday, Sept 7 (5:30-6:30 in-person in Tacoma)

Email the contact, below, to rsvp and get the zoom or location details.

Pre-Application Information
- September 19: A completed application and letter(s) of support must be postmarked or delivered by this date. All applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application.
- October 16-27: 22-26 applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. The interview will be one- hour, via Zoom with the selection committee. Interview questions will be shared in advance. Applicants who have not been invited to participate in the interview process will be notified.
- November 13: Finalists are selected and notified. Interviewees who have not been invited to join Class 10 will also be notified.
- December 7: Orientation session for new Class 10 Fellows.
- January-December 2024: The twelve-month program runs.

To apply, you will need to submit 1) a completed application template and 2) one letter of support from someone who is familiar with your community involvement (not a family member).

Number of Grants
13-15 fellows

Estimated Size of Grant
- Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 to honor their investment of time, based on fully meeting participation requirements.
- Fellows are eligible for up to $2,500 for coaching, training and educational opportunities that support their leadership development and learning goals.

Term of Contract
The Jane’s Fellowship Program will run from January-December 2024. For the full schedule the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Contact Information
Email your completed application and support letter(s) to

Or mail completed application and support letter(s) to this address:
The Russell Family Foundation/JFP
P.O. Box 2567
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Please contact the Foundation at 253-857-1664 or at the email address above if you have any questions about the program, how to apply, or if you have any challenges with downloading or completing the application.

The Russell Family Foundation
3025 Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Main Number: (253) 858-5050

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