Spark Grants


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 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.

Cutters Point Coffee

4735 Point Fisdick Dr. NW #400
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Thursday, June 1
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters

2201 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98403
Tuesday, June 27
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Urban Timber Coffee

6621 166th Ave E
Sumner, WA 98390
Monday, July 31
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Corina Bakery

602 Fawcett Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Thursday, August 31
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Anthem Coffee & Tea

201 W. Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371
Tuesday, September 12
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Spark Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)