Updated May 15, 2019

Spark Grants

Offered by Spark

Spark is a philanthropic network of young professionals who invest to improve the lives of women around the world. We crowdsource grants, pro bono professional services and connections for investment in grassroots women’s organizations.

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Open Year RoundDeadline
$3,000 - $5,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation and Stage 2: Research & Development
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasAll Sectors
Addresses root causes: Spark takes a “human rights based approach” with its grant-making, supporting organizations engaged in addressing the root causes of challenges that women face internationally and in our local US-based chapter cities (San Francisco Bay Area and New York Metro). These challenges can include but are not limited to gender inequality, poverty, education, economic livelihood, and access to health resources.

Applications are accepted within 3 cycles: Spring Cycle deadline – March 1, Summer Cycle deadline – June 1, Fall cycle deadline – September 1.

Other Requirements

Management Team
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.

OtherAll 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.

Application Directions

If your organization fits the above grantmaking criteria and priorities, please fill out and submit the Grant Application below. Please feel free to use the downloadable version below to draft your application, but only the online application form will be accepted.

Online application link

Any questions can be sent to grants@sparksf.org


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