Michelson Spark Grants

Phase 3 of the Spark Grant program will launch February 24th and proposals will be accepted until March 16th
Submit A Proposal

Spark Grants is an innovative, just-in-time grantmaking process.

Our vision is to introduce a process that can fill urgent needs for education organizations that are well-aligned with our Key Target Outcomes.  We seek to fund highly impactful initiatives that would not be possible if they needed to wait through a traditional grant decision timeline.

The Spark Advantage

Timing

In the spirit of acting quickly, grants will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. 

Eligibility

The Spark Grant program is available to non-profit institutions doing work in the United States.

Velocity

We are committed to reaching a decision on each application within 15 business days.

What We’re Looking For

Our vision is to introduce a process that can fill urgent needs for education organizations that are well-aligned with our Key Target Outcomes.  We seek to fund highly impactful initiatives that would not be possible if they needed to wait through a traditional grant decision timeline.

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Alignment with key target outcomes

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Measurability of project impact

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Long-term organization sustainability

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Scalability of project

Grant Evaluation Criteria

Note: Please review our request for proposals to learn more about materials we ask be submitted.

Baseline Grant Criteria

  • Grant ask is up to $25,000
  • Grant would cover a specific self-contained milestone focus
  • Accepted types of milestones: inflection points, things that may open up a new foothold with a partner (such as enabling a new partnership with a market leader), new proof of concept
  • Examples of milestone restrictions: general operating expenses (rent, utilities, server costs, etc.), general working capital

Key Target Outcomes

  • Increase the number of underserved learners who enroll in postsecondary opportunities.

  • Increase the number of individuals prepared for 21st century careers.

  • Decrease the cost of postsecondary education for all students.

  • Increase students’ college persistence. 

  • Decrease students’ average time to degree completion.

  • Advance nascent digital technologies that are relevant to learning outcomes

Spark Grants Evaluation Process

Day 1

Grant Application is Received

After an application is submitted the Grant Committee will do an initial application assessment. Within 6 business days you will be notified if your application is moving forward in the process.

Day 6

Reject or Move Forward Decision is Made

Applicants that do not respond within 48 hours to our request to schedule a follow up call will be determined ineligible for a Spark Grant.

Day 6-10

Call is Scheduled

If you do move forward a follow up call will be scheduled within 6 to 10 business days of application submittal for an in depth discussion of your proposal.

Day 15

Final Decision is Made

You will be notified of the Grant Committee decision within 15 business days of your application submission date.

Grant Committee

Phil Kim

Phil Kim

President

Mayra Lombera

Mayra Lombera

Vice President of Programs and Operations

Ryan Erickson-Kulas

Ryan Erickson-Kulas

Program Officer

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Want to Learn More?

Watch this 45 minute webinar to learn more about the Michelson Spark Grant program.