Grant Opportunities

Sparkplug Foundation’s Grants Program (United States, Israel & Palestine)

Sparkplug Foundation’s Grants Program (United States, Israel & Palestine)

Deadline: 19-Oct-20

The Sparkplug Foundation is accepting applications for its grants program to fund start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing.

The Foundation aims 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.

Funding Information

Emergency funding is available only for organizations with an annual budget of $500,000 or less. Emergency grants can be made from $1 to $5000.
Emergency grants cannot provide support for the following:

Individual life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities.
Reimbursement for expenses incurred in the past.
Support for projects with no scheduled date.
Fees and amounts from unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for current projects.
Requests to attend professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions.
Emergency grants are intended as one-time supports. We are not likely to make repeated emergency grants to a single organization.
Eligibility Criteria

Sparkplug gives preference to projects run on small budgets, projects of smallish organizations, and projects that are less likely to receive corporate, institutional or government funding. Along the same lines, they don’t fund university-based projects, schools or organizations with budgets larger than $1 million.
Sparkplug funds only secular (non-religious) institutions.
Sparkplug is committed to helping new organizations get their start.
Not all projects fit into a larger organization, so they sometimes make grants to individuals. And sometimes it doesn’t make sense for an organization to be a 501(c)3, since that label places legal limits on the kinds of work it can do — so they make grants to non-501(c)3 organizations too.
Sparkplug makes grants anywhere in the United States, and in Israel/Palestine.
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