Spark 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 $1,500.00 and are intended to create community through projects that bring diverse people together. Be sure to read the Spark Grant Guidelines 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.
Apply for a Spark Grant here. Return to your Spark Grant application here, if you set up a username and password (not required).
Questions? Please contact Kathryn Zetzer, Senior Program Officer at email@example.com or 253.383.5622.
Thank You South Sound Together!
This round of Spark Grants are Powered by South Sound Together, which is a project dedicated to increasing the profile of Pierce County in order to share why it is a good place to do business and a great place to live.
Spark Grants in Action
Each project is a testament to how many creative ways there are to connect people and build engagement in the community.
Read more about our Sparkees and how they are making a difference in our community.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
950 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402