Call for proposals: Charlayne Hunter-Gault Giving Voice to the Voiceless Program Grants

The Charlayne Hunter-Gault Giving Voice to the Voiceless Program invites proposals from students from across the University of Georgia to undertake projects that amplify marginalized voices and thus carry forward the work of distinguished alumna, journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

Led by Professor Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, the grants committee includes Dean Charles Davis and Dr. Parker Middleton.

The committee’s goal is to recognize and financially support compelling student projects that center on marginalized people or issues, advancing social justice and creating bonds of empathy and understanding.

Fall 2020 proposals will be accepted through Oct. 30 and should be emailed to Professor Valerie Boyd.

The first round of Giving Voice to the Voiceless grants was awarded in January, 2019. One of the winning projects in Fall 2019, the UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project, provided funds to interview and archive some of the first Black students to graduate from the University.

Ms. Hunter-Gault and her husband, Ron Gault, established the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Giving Voice to the Voiceless Fund to help UGA students engage in projects that amplify the voices of people who have been underrepresented, which has been the guiding light of Ms. Hunter-Gault’s own journalistic and humanitarian career for more than a half century.

In Ms. Hunter-Gault’s words: “I hope this fund will help students find and affirm the voices of people everywhere who fight for freedom, justice and equality for themselves and their people.”

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

In 2018, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault established a fund to help UGA students develop projects that “give voice to the voiceless.”

To learn more about Charlayne’s program visit the main Giving Voice to the Voiceless page.

For information please contact Sara Cook,, (706) 224-8498; or Dr. María Len-Ríos,, (706) 542-2409

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Morehead directs funds to GVV endowment

We are grateful to President Jere Morehead for authorizing $25,000 to expand the Giving Voice to the Voiceless program. Read more about this donation here.


Submit Your Project by Oct. 30, 2020

Valerie Boyd (far right) moderates a discussion in November 2019 with Ashley Carter (far left) and LaDiamond Lett about their Giving Voice to the Voiceless grant projects.

Proposal Guidelines

  • Proposals should be 1-3 pages in length. They should describe the project or story, explain how it will give voice to the voiceless, offer a simple budget to show how funds will be used, and outline hoped-for outcomes, including ideas for sharing the project with audiences.


Whatever the platform or medium envisioned or employed (video, podcast, interview, research project or other format) selected projects should show the “giving voice to the voiceless” vision in action.

Projects will be selected on these criteria:

  • Does the project illuminate and tell the story of locally or globally marginalized or underrepresented individuals or issues?
  • Does the project enlarge our empathy and understanding, promote social justice or advance the human good?
  • Would the project inspire action and follow-up?
  • Is the project a candidate for proposing to the PBS Newshour website? Projects will also be pitched to Grady Newsource and the Grady website as well as UGA Today and other outlets.


  • Please email proposals to Professor Valerie Boyd by Oct. 30, 2020.


  • Grant recipients will be notified by email in Nov. 2020.
  • Recipients will be asked to discuss their projects in Giving Voice to the Voiceless  programming in 2021.
  • Projects may be concluded at the end of the Spring 2021 semester or earlier.


Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Photo: Jacqui Farmer)