Spark Grants

Funding_SPARK_GRANTSSpark grants are micro-grants to individuals designed to bring people-powered ideas and dreams to life in Pierce County, sparking positive social and neighborhood change through the efforts of grass-roots leadership.

Spark grants are a maximum award of $1,500 and are intended to create community through projects that bring diverse people together. Be sure to read the Spark Grant Frequently Asked Questions below if you are interested in applying.

Spark grants started as a result of the Foundation’s Be the Spark event, which included an inspirational visit to Tacoma in 2011 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and world-renowned activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In fact, more than 15,000 people attended the Be the Spark event at the Tacoma Dome and since then thousands of individuals have made a pledge to take action and spark change in our community.

Spark Grants will be awarded twice each year. The application period is continuous. The cutoff for each grant review cycle is:

  • The second Friday in March at 4 p.m.
  • The second Friday in October at 4 p.m. Applications received after a cutoff deadline will be considered in the next grant cycle.


To start a new Spark Grant application, click here.
To return to your Spark Grant application, click here
(If you set up a username and password—not required)


Please contact Kathryn Zetzer, Senior Program Officer, at or 253.345.4169. You are also invited and welcome to attend any of the drop-in office hour events listed below. These are casual in-person meetings are designed to answer your questions in a more personalized setting. There will be no formal presentations at these events, rather they are designed to provide a face-to-face opportunity to chat, walk through any potential applications you’re considering or just learn more about any of our competitive grant opportunities.

Parkland/Spanaway Library, Room 1

13718 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Friday, September 23
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Gig Harbor Library, Room 1

4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Tuesday, October 5
1:30PM – 3:30PM

Lakewood Library, Room 1

6300 Wildaire Rd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Tuesday, October 18
1:00PM – 3:00PM

Bonney Lake Library, Room 1

18501 90th St E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Thursday, October 20
1:30PM – 3:00PM

Administrative Center & Library, Room A

3005 112th Street East
Tacoma, WA 98446-2215
Wednesday, November 2
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Graham Library, Room 1

9202 224th St E
Graham, WA 98338
Thursday, November 3
10:30AM – 12:30PM

University Place Library, Room 1

3609 Market Place W., Suite 100
University Place, WA 98466
Friday, November 18
1:30PM – 3:30PM

Urban Timber Coffee, Microbrew & Wine

6621 166th Ave E,
Sumner, WA 98390
Tuesday, November 22
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Forrey’s Forza

1520 Wilmington Dr.
DuPont, WA 98327
Tuesday, November 29
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Anthem Coffee & Tea

1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tuesday, December 13
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Volcano Coffee Company

9909 168th St E #101
Puyallup, WA 98375
Tuesday, December 20
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Devoted Kiss Café

8809 N Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Thursday, January 5
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Café Brosseau

2716 N 21st St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Monday, January 9
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Spark Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)