The Golden Valley Community Foundation’s current priority is to provide grants that support Small Sparks projects. Small Sparks projects are activities and events led by individuals or groups that enhance the physical, cultural, and intellectual vitality of Golden Valley. Small Sparks Grants are intended to strengthen the community, encourage individuals to take action in creative and constructive ways, and draw upon the personal interests of the organizers. These grants will be awarded for new projects or for projects that are already underway. Ultimately, this funding program is only a small part of the Foundation’s multifaceted focus. These projects serve the Foundation’s long-term goals of energizing the community, supporting innovation and building lasting relationships.
Funding requests are invited from individuals, local non-profit organizations, and service groups for projects that enhance the community, connect people and encourage volunteer efforts.
The Golden Valley Community Foundation serves as a steward for community building. Our grants are intended to be a catalyst for positive change in Golden Valley. We support initiatives that benefit community. Examples of such initiatives include programs and events that:
If you wish to apply for a Small Sparks Grant, please complete the attached form.
As you complete your application, be certain that:
If, prior to completing your application, you would like to contact the Golden Valley Community Foundation (GVCF), to gauge the merit of your application, please contact us and leave a detailed message outlining your project, at 612-819-1890. Your call will be returned.
We value your dedication and appreciate your community building efforts. Thank you for your application.
Applications are accepted at anytime, however, application review and award dates are set each year. If you have a specific project need, please contact us to discuss it.
Thank you for your interest in Golden Valley!
Small Sparks Grant Application Adopted: 5/14 Revised: 2/17 & 4/16
Awards up to $1,000 are granted, if approved.
Name of Organization, if applicable:
____ I am applying as an individual
IRS status, if applicable:
____ 501(c)(3) [Please attach letter from IRS.]
PLEASE HAVE THE APPLICABLE PERSON SIGN THIS FORM
Signature of Responsible Person Date
Or, for Organizations:
Signature of Board Chair (if applicable) Date
Signature of Project Manager Date
Once you have completed your application, save it in Word format or as a PDF document using the following naming convention.
Save & name your application with your project or organization name at the end of the document name.
For example, If your Small Sparks Idea is Flowers in Parks, then save it as: 20YY SMALL SPARKS GRANT – Flowers in Parks
Naming it this way will help us identify it more easily. Once your Small Spark is awarded, you can always rename your project.
Send your completed application by email with the follow subject line including the name of your project.
for example – 20YY SMALL SPARKS GRANT – your project name
Please send by email to:
email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
OR send hardcopy print by mail to:
Golden Valley Community Foundation
Small Sparks Grants
P.O. Box 27307
Golden Valley, MN 55427-0307