Brooklyn Community Foundation—the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to New York City’s largest borough—announces the return of its annual $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Eligible organizations are invited to apply online at www.SparkPrize.org starting Monday, April 2 through Friday, May 11, 2018.
Each year, five Brooklyn-based organizations receive the “no strings attached” $100,000 Spark Prize, chosen through a competitive selection process by a committee of distinguished Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders. The pool of applicants is first narrowed to 20 finalists in October, and the five Prize recipients will be announced in January 2019.
How to apply: Any Brooklyn nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget of $350,000 or more and a minimum of five years in operation is invited to apply for the Spark Prize starting Monday, April 2 through Friday, May 11, 2018 at www.SparkPrize.org. Applicants are asked to submit a 1,000-word essay on their history of service to Brooklyn’s communities, their commitment to racial and social justice, their organizational values, and the vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. Organizations that applied for the Spark Prize last year are encouraged to apply again, including finalists—former winners are not eligible to apply. Organizations do not need to be previous grantees of the Foundation to be eligible; current Foundation grantees are eligible to apply. Detailed application criteria and guidelines are available at www.SparkPrize.org/How-to-Apply.
An Application Clinic for interested nonprofits will be held at Brooklyn Community Foundation’s offices at 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights on Monday, April 16th from 3-4PM. Organizations are asked to RSVP in advance at www.SparkPrize.org/How-to-Apply.