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$15k Up for Grabs Through United Way SPARK Prize

By January 17, 2017 No Comments

Do you have a social innovation idea you’re itching to launch? United Way of Greater Atlanta is giving you the perfect platform to take your idea to new heights through their SPARK Prize Competition. All it takes is a 3-5 minute video submission on the problem you want to solve, your solution, and the partners you’ll work with to make it happen.

“It is crucial for smaller organizations with a passion for community transformation to be able to access the resources they need to test their innovative ideas,” stated Tiffany Fiesen, Senior Director of Partner Engagement for United Way of Greater Atlanta. “Often innovation is not encouraged through traditional funding streams, but with the SPARK Prize, the emphasis is placed on trying something new and innovative. With the support of the United Way as well as our partner, the Center for Civic Innovation, we believe the winners of the SPARK Prize competition will be equipped to successfully pilot their ideas to improve the well-being of children and families in the Greater Atlanta region.”

So what are you waiting for? Bust out your trusty cell phone and record your way to $15k. Application deadline is February 17 at 5:00 pm.

What is it?
The United Way of Greater Atlanta SPARK Prize is a “Shark Tank” style social innovation competition through which we award small grants to help communities test innovative ideas that can move the needle on our region’s most pressing issues. Any individual, group or organization that has an innovative idea can apply, with special consideration for organizations with a budget under $500,000. (Individuals and community groups must have affiliation with a registered 501©3 that will serve as their fiscal agent.) For complete selection criteria and FAQs, visit our blog.

How many winners will be selected?
10 finalists will be selected, and 4 winners will be awarded grants. There will also be an Audience Choice Award based on online votes.

How do I enter?
Visit the SPARK Prize page and submit a 3-5 minute video explaining the problem you are attempting to solve, your innovative solution and the partners who you will work with for implementation.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for video submissions is 5 p.m. on February 17th. 10 finalists will be notified by March 17th. Winners will be selected and announced at United Way of Greater Atlanta’s C3 Conference on April 21st.