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Community Engagement Manager
Carolyn Desrosiers


[email protected]

Bright Idea Fund Spark Grants

What We Fund

Spark grants support projects or events that align with our focus areas and priorities and need a smaller amount of funding. These grants are awarded year-round using a short application with a quick decision. Grants typically will support the same event or project for a maximum of three years. We will award no more than two Spark applications from the same organization in one fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Range of grantmaking: Typically up to $2,500 for events and up to $5,000 for projects (longer-term programs or exhibits).

Deadline: Must complete both inquiry and application at least 60 calendar days prior to event date or project start date.

What We Don’t Fund

  • General operating expenses that are not directly related to the project or event.
  • Salary support for pre-existing positions.
  • Equipment costs not directly related to the program or event.
  • Fund-raisers.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Travel expenses for projects, performances, training or meetings that occur outside the Fox Valley Region.
  • Ticket purchases or subsidized admission fees.
  • Previously incurred expenses.
  • Multi-year requests.

To Apply:

Register for the online grant portal. Portal registration approval may take one to two business days to process, so keep this in mind to ensure your grant application is received 60 days prior to the event.

  1. Log into the online grant portal and under the “Grant Applicant” tab search for Spark grant under “Available Grants.”
  2. Complete the inquiry page with your basic information and a short description of your event or project.
  3. Foundation staff will review inquiries within five business days and invite eligible applicants to complete the remainder of the grant application which includes project costs, anticipated funding sources and marketing/publicity plans.

Questions? Contact Community Engagement Manager, Carolyn Desrosiers at 920-702-7625 or [email protected]

Want to learn how to make your grant successful? Check out our grant workshops.

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