Grant Guidelines & Application

Golden Valley Community Foundation Small Sparks Grants Guidelines


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.
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. We support initiatives that benefit community. Examples of such initiatives include programs and events 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

If you wish to apply for a Small Sparks Grant, please complete the attached form.
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 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!


Grant Application

Small Sparks Grant Application     Adopted: 5/14      Revised:  2/17 & 4/16

Awards up to $1,000 are granted, if approved.

Please complete all sections of the following grant application.  You may print this web page and write in your answers, or paste into your favorite document program to complete.

A. General Information




Email Address:

Name of Organization, if applicable:

____ I am applying as an individual


IRS status, if applicable:

____ 501(c)(3) [Please attach letter from IRS.]

____ Other:

B. Grant

  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       ________   YesIf 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.


C. Signature of Applicant:



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: AND

OR send hardcopy print by mail to:

Golden Valley Community Foundation
Small Sparks Grants
P.O. Box 27307
Golden Valley, MN  55427-0307

We value your creativity and dedication to Golden Valley.  Thank you for your participation!