Updated May 15, 2019
Offered by Spark
|Stage||Stage 1: Ideation and Stage 2: Research & Development|
|Region||Low and Middle Income Countries|
|Focus Areas||All Sectors|
Spark grant applications are expected to have leadership comprised primarily of local women: We specifically select organizations with leadership comprised of at least 50% of women from the community served.
|Other||All Spark grant applicants are expected to meet these criteria:|
-Norm shifting and innovative solutions: The organization should improve women and girls’ livelihoods by challenging gender norms through inventive approaches.
-Under $150,000 operating budget: The organization would benefit from Spark’s seed funding with an operating budget under $150,000 USD.
-Meets an unmet need: Does the organization provide a service that is not currently available to women in that geographic area?
In addition to meeting the criteria above, organizations with the following characteristics may be given priority during the selection process.
-Belief in the Leader: As with most start-up endeavors, Spark shows favorable consideration to strong, passionate, persevering leaders with qualities that make us believe they will make their initiative a reality.
-Risk-Taking/Entrepreneurial: Spark believes in funding organizations that are “taking a chance” to improve their local communities.
-Beyond the Dollar: Would the organizations benefit from Spark’s pro bono services?
-First Funder: Spark takes pride in being a “first funder” and being the “spark” for an organization to achieve long term success.