Spark Prize for Brooklyn Nonprofits

The 2017-18 Spark Prize Application Now Open | Applications Due Friday, May 12th
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The Spark Prize is named for our mission to spark lasting social change in Brooklyn and is the signature program of our Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in Brooklyn’s nonprofit community.

The Spark Prize provides annual recognition and meaningful support to organizations with a strong track record of addressing critical challenges and opportunities in Brooklyn. We aim to celebrate organizations that demonstrate creativity, impact, and healthy disruption within their field, as well as a strong vision for the future of their organization, in Brooklyn and beyond.

We award up to $600,000 annually through the Spark Prize. Five nonprofits are selected through a comptetitive applications process for the $100,000 Prize and 20 finalists each receive up to $5,000 in matching funds on #GivingTuesday—the annual national day of giving observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to encourage local donors to support to their work. 

Organizations are asked to address four primary criteria in their applications: 
  • Born in Brooklyn: Organizations that have a deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough.  
  • Commitment to Equity: Organizations that address systemic challenges and are working toward racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Values Driven: Organizations that have strong, articulated values that permeate through all aspects of their work and align with Brooklyn Community Foundation’s five defining values: Courage, Respect, Honesty, Collaboration, and Creativity.
  • Vision for Future: Organizations that have a strong forward-looking vision for their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

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