HUTCHINSON — Individuals who have a great idea to help solve a social issue but lack the resources to help fund and launch a business or nonprofit may be eligible for the Initiators Fellowship, a unique program focused on rural renewal and training up-and-coming leaders through social entrepreneurship.

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort opened May 15 and close July 15. The two-year fellowship will award a $30,000 annual stipend to up to seven early stage entrepreneurs who want to tackle a social challenge and pursue leadership growth. In addition to the annual stipend, fellows benefit from executive-level mentor, deep programming, educational opportunities and support from dedicated staff members. A complete definition of social entrepreneurship and other details can be found at

The fellowship was launched by the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls in 2016 and is now expanding to include the regions of Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative, covering a total of 41 counties in Greater Minnesota. The expansion is made possible by generous funders, including Granite Equity Partners, an original funding partner, along with the Bush Foundation, Sourcewell and CliftonLarsonAllen.

To register for the July 10 webinar or to apply, visit