Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a free information session to meet with Sprout staff and learn more about the application process. RSVP for an upcoming information session.
The Ed-Tech Refinery
In support of Pittsburgh’s start-up community, The Sprout Fund is offering a special funding stream to connect education technology enterprises to the Remake Learning Network, a professional network of educators and innovators in the greater Pittsburgh region. Sprout is requesting proposals from new education technology companies proposing how they will achieve learning outcomes for children and deliver economic impact in the community by working collaboratively with schools and other nonprofit education organizations to conduct user testing, receive curriculum design support, or develop teacher training programs. Applications are due Friday, November 6, 2015. Early-stage ed-tech ventures are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Ed-Tech Refinery >>
Sprout offers occasional unique funding programs to support innovative community projects. Check back soon for a few year-end opportunities we are excited to announce.
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 >> (note: Seed Awards will not be available in 2015)
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 >>
Northside Funding Opportunity
One Northside is a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life in all 18 neighborhoods of the Northside. Since early 2014, hundreds of Northside residents have engaged with local leaders and stakeholders in community-wide conversations to create a shared agenda for the revitalization of this vital component of the greater Pittsburgh region. In 2015, in partnership with The Buhl Foundation, The Sprout Fund is providing catalytic support to advance the One Northside vision through Neighbor-to-Neighbor micro grants, Community Grants, and Action Team Grants. Eligible projects are led by Northside residents and take place in the City of Pittsburgh’s 18 Northside neighborhoods. Application deadlines and opportunities to apply will be announced periodically. Learn more about Sprout’s support for One Northside >>
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 Remake Learning 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 Remake Learning movement. Spark Sponsorship is available up to $5,000 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Conference Stipend Opportunities
The Sprout Fund provides conference stipends to enable people to participate in events of regional and (inter)national importance. Conference stipends are available to individuals and small delegations of people that count themselves as part of the Remake Learning Network. Conference stipends promote knowledge sharing, communication, and collaboration among Network members, and raise greater local and national awareness of the Remake Learning movement. Requests to attend conferences and events focused on EdTech, Digital Media and Learning (DML), STEAM learning, the maker movement, and similar topics are welcomed. Conference Stipends are available up to $1,500 and requests are accepted on a rolling basis.