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

Journalist, author and distinguished alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault and her husband Ron Gault have established a Giving Voice to the Voiceless Grant to help UGA students develop projects that “give voice to the voiceless,” which is the charting light of Ms. Hunter-Gault’s own journalistic and humanitarian “journeys to the horizon” over half a century around the world. Friends and colleagues have joined with contributions to the fund, and we are pleased to announce the 2020 grant cycle is open and to invite student proposals through February 27, 2020.

The first round of grants was awarded in January, 2019.

It is Ms. Hunter-Gault’s hope that UGA students will be inspired and supported to undertake their own journeys to the horizon and to give voice to voiceless individuals and their stories, illuminating matters that concern us all.

In her words, “This is a time when the voices of all good people need to be heard. 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.”

Professor Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Grady College, is chairing the grants committee, and is joined by Dean Charles Davis and Dr. Parker Middleton.

The goal of the 2020 grants program is to recognize and support gripping, inspiring student projects that give voice to the voiceless and are worthy of being pitched, in special arrangements Ms. Hunter-Gault has made, to appear on the PBS Newshour web site. The projects should show the “giving voice to the voiceless” vision in action.

Proposal specs

  • Proposals should be 1—3 pages in length. They should describe the project or story, explain how it will give voice to the voiceless, provide a project outline and simple budget, as well as ideas for sharing the project with audiences.


Projects will be evaluated on these criteria:

  • Does the project give voice to voiceless people or issues – does it illuminate and tell the story of individuals or issues with no voice locally or globally?
  • Through its effort to give voice to the voiceless, does the project help to increase understanding, enlarge our empathy, promote social justice or advance the human good in small or large communities (geographical and virtual)?
  • Can the project envision an outcome or outcomes beyond the project?
  • Would it inspire action and follow-up?
  • Is it a candidate for pitching to the PBS Newshour web site? 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 February 27, 2020.


  • Grant recipients will be announced by email in March 2020.
  • Recipients will be asked to discuss their projects at a Giving Voice to the Voiceless lunch program in at Grady College in April 2020. Projects may be concluded at the end of the Spring semester or may extend over the Summer semester.


Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Photo: Jacqui Farmer)

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 Dr. Parker Middleton,; 706-542-1704.

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