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 were sparked by GTCF’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. 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 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.

How to Apply

1. Create an account for GTCF Grants Portal (download step by step instructions here)

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

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

4. Complete and submit application





Please contact GTCF at 253-383-5622.

Spark Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)