|Application procedure:||Letter of Inquiry|
|Donor base:||United States|
|Eligible applicants:||Individual, Non-Profit Organisation|
|Grant size:||Small - up to $100,000|
|Minimum grant size:||-|
|Total available budget:||400.000$|
|Maximum grant size:||-|
|Funding ratio:||up to 100%|
- Agriculture & Rural Development
- Children & Youth
- Economic Development
- Governance & Democracy
- Peace & Conflict Resolution
The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organisations and new projects of established organisations in (1) music; (2) education; and (3) community organising. They aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies.
Sparkplug funding is for materials and activities that help work become more sustainable. It can cover organisation-building materials like flyers, pamphlets or websites. It can cover training/recruiting expenses like meeting costs. And it can cover long-lasting items like software (things that you only need to buy once, but that can really advance the work.)
They fund: (1) early stage organizations and projects. They offer grants to innovative and important work that has not yet established broad sources of support. For Sparkplug, what matters is that the project comes from and supports an engaged community; (2) small-to-medium organizations or ideas. They most often fund projects with small budgets, and that are less likely to receive corporate, institutional, or government funding; and (3) 501c3 non-profits or individuals, communities or collectives that have a US-based 501c3 fiscal sponsor.
Actions must take place in the United States, and in Israel/Palestine.
They consider grant applications for amounts from $1,000 to $20,000. Most grants are in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.
The Fall 2023 cycle will open September 1, 2023. The LOI deadline is is November 2, 2023.