Spark Grant Guidelines
Spark Grants bring to life Humanities Washington’s mission of sparking conversation and critical thinking to help create informed, engaged communities across our state. Spark Grants support projects at large and small organizations that encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and provide social, historical and philosophical context to better understand our complex world.
While there are many opportunities for individuals to access information – e.g., the media, Internet, books – there are relatively few outlets for people to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns about this information with other people, especially those with viewpoints different from their own. Spark Grants are available to help “spark” and sustain these important conversations.
We are especially interested in supporting programs that bring together diverse groups of people. To serve broader audiences and promote partnerships, Spark Grants will only be awarded to projects that are the result of a collaboration between two or more organizations. In addition, these projects must be:
• Based in dialogue and discussion
• Open to the general public
• Free or low-cost to attend
Project formats may include:
• Lectures and readings
• Community conversations
• Reading and discussion groups
• Public forums
• Panel presentations
Spark Grants can be used to fund public programs that build on themes developed in a larger project, such as discussions in conjunction with exhibitions or film festivals.
2015 Spark Grant Timeline
• Letter of intent due: August 28, 2015
• Full applications due: September 25, 2015
• Grant applicants notified of funding decisions: Week of November 23, 2015
• Funded grant activity can begin: December 15, 2015
Who is Eligible for Funding
Any nonprofit organization or public agency is eligible to apply for a Spark Grant. While applicants do not need to be incorporated or have tax-exempt status, they must be organized for nonprofit purposes and funded activities must clearly serve a Washington state audience. In addition:
• Organizations may apply for a Spark Grant only once in a calendar year.
• Organizations that have previously received Humanities Washington funding must submit a final report before applying again with a new project.
Individuals are not eligible to receive Humanities Washington grants.
Spark Grants are awarded through a competitive grant process. Award amounts range from $1,001 to $7,500. Please note that Humanities Washington has limited grant funds to award, and not all eligible applicants may receive funding. Please review the list of permitted and m
How to Apply for a Spark Grant
Please review the page to see if your project is eligible for funding and to access the online application form. We also strongly recommend that you review the Application Tips before starting your application.
Grant Writing Consultation
Humanities Washington staff is available to consult with applicants on draft proposals by telephone or in person by appointment prior to any application deadline (a minimum of four weeks before the deadline is advised). We strongly recommend that you review the before starting your application and/or contacting staff. Calls and emails are returned to applicants in the order they are received in our office. We will contact all applicants who submit a Letter of Interest to discuss the proposed project.