Our Fall 2024 cycle will open September 1, 2024. The LOI deadline is is November 1, 2024.

Grantseekers should read the Information for Grantseekers page before applying.

Sparking  Ideas into Action.

The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation, funded and administered in the US. We are guided by community voices, and prioritize grassroots organizing and innovation as the key for creating change.

Dissenters - Fall 2019 COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

We believe that communities are best qualified to say how funds should be used to make the change they need.

We try not to make demands of applicants and grantees that get in the way of their work, and are aware that many groups doing great work are new to grant applications.

We offer assistance and supportive feedback along the way, as best we can with a small staff.

We're continually looking for new ways to bring community direction to our grantmaking.


Sparkplug provides grants to start-up organizations and new projects of established non-profits in the following three areas:

We highly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with disabilities, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer and other queer-identifying communities, organizations or organizers to apply.

Emergency Workplace Organizing Project - Fall 2020 COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Sparkplug Foundation holds


per year.
Since the Foundation’s inception in 2003, Sparkplug has awarded over



20-25 GRANTS

are awarded per cycle.

Application Process

For more information about the application process please visit the FAQ section of

Information for grantseekers.

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