Apply for Current Opportunities

At The Sprout Fund, we believe that truly innovative change begins at the grassroots. We know that small-scale financial support for early-stage ideas helps to push the boundaries of what’s possible and amplify voices that might otherwise go unheard. Since 2001, we’ve invested more than $7 million in people and ideas catalyzing change in our hometown of Pittsburgh.

Through occasional catalytic funding opportunities, The Sprout Fund supports innovative ideas and creative people that are making an impact in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Sprout’s current funding programs, listed below, could be a good fit for your idea!

Be sure to thoroughly review Sprout’s Eligibility Information and Applicant Support Services prior to starting any application.

Support for Community Innovation

Grand Ideas $1,000 Seed Awards

To promote innovation at the grassroots, Sprout is asking the community “What’s your Grand Idea? How would you use $1,000 for an innovative community project?”

As an occasional special opportunity Sprout’s Seed Award program focuses support on small project requests of up to $1,000 from individuals and organizations to support innovative approaches to community projects and civic engagement in Pittsburgh. The 2017 Grand Ideas opportunity and deadline will be announced in late summer.

Support for One Northside

One Northside is a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life in all 18 neighborhoods of the Northside. Since early 2014, hundreds of Northside residents have engaged with local leaders and stakeholders in community-wide conversations to create a shared agenda for the revitalization of this vital component of the greater Pittsburgh region. In partnership with The Buhl Foundation, The Sprout Fund provides catalytic support to advance the One Northside vision through citizen-led micro grants.  Eligible projects are led by Northside residents and take place in the City of Pittsburgh’s 18 Northside neighborhoods.  

Learn more about One Northside and apply for a 2017 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant! >>

For Youth: The Change Machine

As a young person, how would you use up to $500 to make a positive change in your community?

The Change Machine provides $500 grants to support, celebrate, and showcase unique youth-led initiatives with the power to incite positive change. Change Machine projects are innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by youth, and inspire a diverse group of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged. Applications are encouraged from youth up to age 18 and the deadline for proposals is Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00pm.

Learn more and apply for a Change Machine grant! >>