Grant Guidelines & Application

Small Sparks Grant Guidelines


Small Sparks projects are activities and events that enhance the physical, cultural, and intellectual vitality of Golden Valley. Small Sparks Grants strengthen the community, encourage individuals to take action in creative and constructive ways, and draw upon the personal interests of the organizers. These grants are awarded for new and existing projects.

Community Focus

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 that:

  • foster community engagement
  • provide recreation
  • support the arts
  • care for the environment
  • bring visitors to the community to work, shop and play

Consideration for Grants

As you complete your application, be certain that:

  • Your project is carefully thought out, with a scope of work, a plan of action, a budget for the project, and you have the individuals needed to implement it.
  • You have a realistic timetable for implementing the project.
  • Your application is completed and submitted within the prescribed time frame.
  • You will be able to provide information to the GVCF Board within 12 months of receiving the funds. You will need to verify the completion of your project, account for expenses, and share the outcomes of your work.
  • If you are a non-profit 501(c)(3), or public agency, you provide documentation of your IRS status.
  • Your project serves Golden Valley according to the Foundation’s purpose and community focus.
  • As part of the selection process, you, or a representative, may be asked to personally visit with members of the Golden Valley Community Foundation to discuss your project and answer any questions.

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 at or leave a detailed message outlining your project, at 612-440-GVCF (4823).

We value your dedication and appreciate your community building efforts. Thank you for your application.


Online Grant Application

SAMPLE questions from the application to review in preparation for your application:

  1. Briefly describe the purpose of the project or program, the need it addresses, the goal and how it benefits the community of Golden Valley.
  2. How will you measure the success of your project?
  3. Give the names, experience, and describe briefly the role of the individuals who will supervise or implement the project:
  4. Geographic area to be served
  5. Summarize your budget request:Total project budget: $
    Small Sparks Grant amount requested: $
    Anticipated implementation dates:Show itemized project budget (please attach)
  6. Are you planning to approach other funding sources? If so, please list:
  7. If you do not get the full amount of your request, is your project still viable?
  8. Have you submitted a prior grant request for funds from the Golden Valley Community Foundation?________   No       ________   Yes:  If so, was it: _______approved        ______declined             Date:__________Comments:
  9. Please describe any relationship, or interest, with members of the Golden Valley Community Foundation which might be considered a conflict of interest if not declared.