Catalytic Funding Opportunities
Sprout offers three ongoing catalytic funding programs with distinctions based on focus, audience, and outcomes:
Seed Award funding supports Pittsburgh-based projects and civic engagement initiatives occurring at the grassroots-level. Grants are available up to $10,000. Seed Awards may not be used for programming for children and youth, or as loans to start a business. Apply for a Seed Award >>
Hive funding supports connected learning experiences in the greater Pittsburgh region that help prepare tweens, teens, and young adults for college, the workforce, and civic participation. Grants are available up to $15,000. Eligible projects primarily target youth older than age 10. Apply for Hive funding >>
Spark funding supports projects in the greater Pittsburgh region that help children develop hands-on skills and digital literacies by expanding their capacity “to do” as well as “to know”. Grants are available up to $15,000. Eligible projects primarily target children age 10 and under. Apply for Spark funding >>
Open Engagement 2015: Socially Engaged Pittsburgh Art and Artists
Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The 2015 conference will occur at Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and other locations in Pittsburgh on April 17–19, 2015.
In collaboration with Open Engagement 2015, The Sprout Fund will be requesting proposals from Pittsburgh artists to showcase our thriving local social practice art scene to visiting global and national artists that will attend the conference. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium from Sprout in acknowledgement of their participation.
Application requirements and deadline are anticipated to be announced in late 2014. View the RFP in process here>>
The Sprout Fund provides modest sponsorship support for unique and innovative events and activities in Pittsburgh that create new or expand existing opportunities to engage large public audiences in meaningful activities related to community or learning innovation. The Sprout Fund offers four distinct forms of sponsorship support.
Sprout Event Sponsorship
Sprout sponsors community events that push the boundaries of civic engagement and enhance the region’s cultural vitality. Although each sponsored effort is different, they all approach community issues and opportunities in new and non-traditional ways and empower Pittsburghers to take an active role in transforming their city. Sprout Sponsorship is available up to $1,000 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Remake Learning Sponsorship
Remake Learning sponsors events and activities that engage educators, youth workers, researchers, designers, developers, community leaders, and other learning innovators in opportunities that provide for the meaningful exchange of skills and information, professional development and training, social networking, and lifelong learning. Remake Learning Sponsorship is available up to $5,000 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Hive Event Sponsorship
Hive sponsors events and activities for tweens, teens, and young adults that create interactive and participatory connected learning opportunities at public events, community spaces, cultural institutions, and other highly accessible places. Hive sponsorship also helps to raise greater local and national awareness of the Hive Learning Network and its approach to connected learning. Hive Sponsorship is available up to $5,000 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Spark Event Sponsorship
Spark sponsors events and activities impacting children, youth, families and members of the Kids+Creativity Network. Through sponsorships, Spark supports events and activities for children, youth, and families. Spark sponsorship also promotes knowledge sharing, communication, and collaboration among Network members, and raises greater local and national awareness of the Kids+Creativity movement. Spark Sponsorship is available up to $5,000 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Conference Stipend Opportunities
The Sprout Fund provides stipends for individuals to attend conferences focusing on topics pertinent to children, youth, families and members of the Kids+Creativity Network. Through conference stipends, Sprout is able to send individuals and delegations to conferences of regional and national importance. Conference stipends promote knowledge sharing, communication, and collaboration among Network members, and raise greater local and national awareness of the Kids+Creativity movement. Conference Stipends are available up to $1,500 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.