Local Initiatives Description
Available grant funds will support 6-10 Welcoming Community Movement Local Initiatives in Georgia. Organizations and groups that apply as Local Initiatives will have many informal conversations to build momentum, including at least three (3) Welcoming Community Dialogues to increase collaborative action in your community around social issues, one (1) public gathering, such as a demonstration and/or dialogue in a public space around social issues which are important to your local community, and organizing and mobilizing as a community advocate to your local government to support systemic change. If you are applying as a Local Initiative, please provide a plan that includes in-person organizing and activities with physical distancing and pandemic precautions as well as a plan for virtual organizing and activities.
Welcoming Community Dialogues are formal and informal conversations with community members, local government, businesses and everyone willing to actively participate in creating a welcoming community. Welcoming Community Dialogues require active listening and actionable intent at the local and state level to bring about equitable change and alternatives to the current system.
Advocacy requires research, analysis of law and policies and their impact on marginalized groups especially black folks and people with developmental disabilities. Advocacy through public gathering and coalition building requires relationships and trust within the stakeholders to bring about change. Once change begins we must think about how to sustain the change.
Advocacy requires knowing the makeup of municipal and local government; policy must be willing to respond to the hard questions such as, "Are our city and local government leaders, and the services they provide, representative of all in our community? If not, how do we advocate to diversify these spaces to include folks with developmental disabilities, black people and marginalized groups?"
Organizations that apply as Local Initiatives should have the capacity and willingness to work with Global Ubuntu, Think Tank Partner, Inclusion Coach, Sustainability Coach, Restorative Healing Coach and other local initiatives around GA, virtually.
Movement Coach Description
Think Tank Partner: This organization will have the capacity to help the local initiatives funded by the Welcoming Community Movement to research and organize around a diverse range of policy issues, and to form multi disciplinary collaborations in their communities. Provide resources and share the latest innovations in community organizing, advocacy and community building practices for sustainable change. The organizations that apply as Think Tank partners will work with Global Ubuntu and GCDD Public Policy personnel to connect the local initiatives with issues that are particularly impactful to the developmentally disabled community, examine the issues' relevance in local initiative partner communities, and determine how they can join the GCDD public policy team in advocacy efforts and vice versa.
Organizations that apply as Think Tank partners should have 2-3 years relevant experience and the capacity to provide the resources described above and to act as coach to 6-10 Local Initiatives around GA, funded by Global Ubuntu, virtually.
Inclusion Coach: This organization will help local initiatives funded by the Welcoming Community Movement on their diversity journey. The Inclusion Coach will assess the local group or organizations’ diversity related to marginalized groups, including those with developmental disabilities and BIPOC. Includes working with local initiatives to create a road map and timeline to bring diversity to all levels of the organization, as well as to organize, plan and develop a road map to inclusion within the community, including city and local government. The Inclusion Coach will work with local initiatives on how to include people with developmental disabilities, other marginalized people groups in community life as active contributors and decision makers, and leaders who hold power in every aspect of their personal and community life as well as in relationship to local government and institutions. Organizations that apply as Inclusion Coach should have 2-3 year relevant experience and the capacity to act as coach to 6-10 Local Initiatives around GA, funded by Global Ubuntu, virtually.
Sustainability Coach: Organizations that apply as Sustainability Coach for the Welcoming Community Movement must have 3-5 years progressive experience working on and with social justice movements on fundraising. The coach develops and manages sustainability and fundraising plans for/with both Global Ubuntu and local initiatives. The Sustainability Coach will work with Global Ubuntu and local initiatives to raise funds for continued sustainability of the Welcoming Community Movement. Organizations that apply as Sustainability Coach should have the requisite relevant experience and capacity to act as coach to 6-10 Local Initiatives around GA, funded by Global Ubuntu, virtually.
Restorative Healing Coach: Due to its systemic nature, racism affects all of us -- everywhere we live, work, learn and play. Like ableism, it inhibits our ability to relate to, care for, and live alongside each other. It dehumanizes, isolates and dis-empowers. And can be one of the biggest obstacles to solving the challenges we face in our communities.
The Restorative Healing Coach for the Welcoming Community Movement will assist communities seeking to recover from systemic racism and ableism to investigate and utilize different methods and approaches for leading healing - including acknowledgement, repentance, repair, and restoration.
Organizations and/or individuals that apply as Restorative Healing Coach should have the requisite relevant experience and capacity to act as coach to 6-10 Local Initiatives around GA, funded by Global Ubuntu, virtually.