The applicant should match the following profile:
- Founded & Run by Local Women
- Women’s Equity and Human Rights Commitment
- Lack Access to Funds From Other (and Larger) Donor Agencies
- Underserved Geographic Location
The proposed work should have the following characteristics:
- Addresses Root Causes
Spark invests small grants up to $5,000 USD in grassroots women’s organizations working internationally and in our U.S. chapter regions (New York and San Francisco-Bay Area). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grant monies are dispersed in January.
We commit to providing pro bono professional services for our grantee partners. Grant applicants identify their service needs. Typical requests include accounting, legal, marketing and web development support. Additionally, we have provided consultancy on crowd-sourcing, grassroots philanthropy, event-based fundraising and volunteer management. We source these services from our network of young professional members.
- Share stories on how the project changed or could change the life of a woman.
- Provide numbers on how many lives will be impacted by the project.
- Submit before March 1 – While we accept applications on a rolling basis, if you submit in the first half of the calendar year, your project has more chances to be reviewed by the investment committee.
- Use the application as an opportunity to ask for the services you need. Applicants do not have to know technical terminology. Spark will help you identify a pro bono solution that fits your organization.