Initiatives

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.  With a maximum award of $1,500 Spark Grants are intended to create community through projects that bring diverse people together.

Spark grants began as a follow up to GTCF’s Be the Spark event in 2011, which included an inspirational visit to Tacoma by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and world-renowned activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu. More than 15,000 people attended the Be the Spark event at the Tacoma Dome.

Spark Grants will be awarded twice each year. The application period is continuous.

The next deadline for the grant review cycle is:

Sunday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications received after a cutoff deadline will be considered in the next grant cycle.

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Read about recent Spark grant projects:

LOCAL GIRLS CONNECT WITH NATURE AND CAREER POSSIBILITIES THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CAMP

CHALK ART BUILDS COMMUNITY ON THEA FOSS WATERWAY

SPARK GRANTS: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FROM GRASSROOTS LEADERS

How to Apply

1. Download application instructions 

2. Create an account for GTCF Grants Portal 

(Use your name instead of an Organization Name and check “yes” when it asks if you are the Executive Officer – see application instructions)

3. Log in to GTCF Grants Portal and Click Apply at the top

4. Locate ‘Spark Grant’ and click Apply to the right

5. Complete and submit application

 

Questions?

Please contact GTCF at 253-383-5622.

Spark Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)