The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies.

Please explore our website to learn about our process. Since our grantees are small organizations, and we're a small foundation, we have included a lot of detail to simplify seeking grants from Sparkplug and avoid wasting your time. Reading through the website is essential! It makes your application better and more appropriate to funding.

Need a guide? Read in this order:

  • Guidelines
  • Defining our terms

  • How to apply

  • FAQs and Resources

  • Past Grants (please browse!)