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?

The first round of grants will be disbursed to youth-led and youth-focused groups in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Ten panelists aged 18 to 30 from Europe and Eurasia are currently designing and leading the grantmaking process in this region.

Applications for youth panelists from Africa, Asia, and the Americas will open in 2022.
If you are a young person in one of these regions who is interested in applying, please email us at [email protected] to stay up to date on the application timelines.

Who can apply for a grant from the Spark Fund?

We are currently welcoming applications from youth-led and youth-focused groups and organizations in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine that are working to create transformational change and improve the lives of young people and their communities. Applications are due by Tuesday, November 30. Submit your application here.

The Spark Fund will also invest in youth-led and youth-focused groups in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Youth-led panels will determine the eligibility criteria, including which thematic areas the Spark Fund will prioritize.

Where can I find more information about the Spark Fund?

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

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

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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