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, Dr. María Len-Ríos and Sara Cook.
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.
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.”
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.