What is the Spark Fund?

The Spark Fund is an innovative, participatory fund that provides youth-led and youth-focused groups with financial support and capacity development, enabling them to experiment, collaborate, and learn using digital technologies. The fund invests in youth-led and youth-focused groups tackling injustice and inequality, driving transformational change, and building a more inclusive world.

Who created the Spark Fund?

Global Fund for Children (GFC) and the Avast Foundation established the Spark Fund based on their shared commitment to empowering the next generation to promote human rights in the digital age. Additional partners Shared Nation and Catch22 are providing research support and technology development during the initial phases.

How does the Spark Fund decide who gets funding?

The Spark Fund puts key decisions in the hands of youth. Through a participatory grantmaking process, regional youth panels make funding decisions using an innovative technology platform. A global steering group consisting of young people from GFC’s Youth Leadership Council and Avast Foundation’s Youth Leadership Board, along with representatives from the fund’s partner organizations, is providing strategic oversight.

Who can apply to join the Spark Fund panels?

Applications for the youth panels are now closed. Young people aged 18-30 from the Americas, Europe and Eurasia, South Asia, and Southern Africa applied to join the Spark Fund panels.

Who can apply for a grant from the Spark Fund?

Grant applications for youth-led and youth-focused groups and organizations in the Americas, Europe and Eurasia, South Asia, and Southern Africa are now closed. You can find a list of the grantees here.

Where can I find more information about the Spark Fund?

For more information, please visit spark.globalfundforchildren.org and foundation.avast.com/ourwork/programs/spark.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at [email protected]dforchildren.org.

Header photo: Children and youth volunteers pose for a photo after an art lesson offered by Do It For The Kids, a Spark Fund grantee partner in Zimbabwe. © GFC

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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