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Opportunity | Application Details | Eligibility | Applicant Support | About 100 Days of US

Opportunity

The 100 Days of US campaign creates opportunities for people to respond to pressing issues facing our country and to take local action on those issues during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration. It was launched by The Sprout Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sprout has made an initial commitment of $100,000 to support community-led projects in Pittsburgh that empower people to act locally in ways that demonstrate the values and vision of America. Grants of up to $5,000 will support these projects in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 9, 2017.

100 Days of US projects will be positive, solution-oriented responses to issues of national importance, and will engage diverse groups of participants in local activities that are open, accessible, and relevant to historically marginalized and under-resourced issue areasThe issue areas for 100 Days of US projects can be found at 100daysof.us/issues.

The Sprout Fund will select projects to support through a combination of community-advised decisionmaking, online voting, and available crowdfunding investment. Decisions will be announced on or before Friday, January 20, 2017. Project activities must begin during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration.

Sprout’s Commitment to Local Innovation

People make change. In your neighborhood, in your city, in your state, and in your country—people are shaping attitudes, changing perceptions, and influencing policies that affect all of our lives.

At The Sprout Fund, we believe that truly innovative change begins at the grassroots. We believe 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 $6.5 million in people and ideas catalyzing change in our hometown of Pittsburgh.

100 Days of US is our latest effort to help people take local action on national issues that are important to them. We are encouraging people to propose project ideas that can be catalyzed by grants of up to $5,000 and get started during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration.

Application Details

Deadline

Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:00noon ET. The application period is now closed.

Crowdfunding

Community financial support plays an important role in 100 Days of US. Individuals are being encouraged to donate via Crowdrise to support the issue areas that are most important to them or grow the 100 Days of US general fund.

Applicants will be encouraged to help Sprout increase the overall financial support received through Crowdrise for each issue area because, in general, the number of supported projects will depend on the fundraising success of 100 Days of US on Crowdrise. Specifically, at least $5,000 must be raised in order to “unlock” support for at least one project in a given issue area.

Decisionmaking

From January 9–19, 2017, all eligible & complete proposals will be shared online in a “marketplace of ideas” for public voting and sharing using the #100days hashtag.

Final decisions on 100 Days of US grants will be made by The Sprout Fund through a combination of community-advised decisionmaking, online voting, and available crowdfunding investment. Projects selected to receive support will be announced on or before Friday, January 20, 2017.

Project Timing

Project activities must begin during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration, between January 20 and May 1, 2017.

Eligibility

The Sprout Fund accepts applications from nonprofit organizations, coalitions of organizations, community groups, and individuals. Please review Sprout’s complete eligibility guidelines.

Funded Project Criteria

Although Sprout will intentionally support a wide variety of projects, in general grants will be made to projects that display the following characteristics:

  • Solution-oriented
  • Nonpartisan
  • Equitable
  • Inclusive
  • Small-scale
  • Responsive to community dialogue
  • Public and accessible
  • Open and shareable

Strategies and approaches for 100 Days of US projects may be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Workshops and educational programs
  • Community organizing
  • Direct action
  • Campaign development
  • Mobilizing constituents and allies
  • Outreach and coalition-building
  • Arts and media-based projects

Event Sponsorships

For organizations planning to host a one-time event or other short-term public activity in keeping with the 100 Days of US initiative, Sprout is making 100 Days of US event sponsorship funding available in amounts up to $500. Sponsored events must take place during the 100 day period between January 20–May 1, 2017.

Like project support, in general, the number of supported events will depend on the fundraising success of 100 Days of US on Crowdrise.

Limitations and Exclusions

100 Days of US is a nonprofit nonpartisan effort. No grants may be used to participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any public official or candidate for public office, or to fund any specific voter registration drive that is conducted in a manner that favors a particular candidate, slate of candidates or political party.

Additionally, the following request types and entities are not eligible for 100 Days of US funding: loans or venture capital; small business development; direct services to individuals, families, or communities (such as food, shelter, clothing, health care); programs operating principally outside of the United States; discretionary or emergency requests; scholarships or fellowships; research; litigation or legal expenses; capital or endowment campaigns; traditional fundraising events; and, other foundations or regranting organizations.

Applicant Support

Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in a series of informational and supportive activities leading up to the submission deadline. For the most up-to-date support opportunities, join the 100 Days of US Meetup Group.

Info Sessions

Learn about the opportunity by attending an Information Session. At these events Sprout will provide an overview of the funding opportunity and discuss details about how to apply. These workshops are designed for anyone interested in learning more about 100 Days of US funding and the application process, and offer an opportunity to ask questions about project ideas. During December, information sessions are scheduled for:

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 12noon-1:30pm at Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave. 15206.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at Bricolage Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave. Downtown, 15222.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 9am-10am at Arnold’s Tea, 502 E Ohio St, Northside, 15212.
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Pitch Video Production & Practice Sessions

Get help crafting your idea into a competitive proposal by scheduling one-on-one Pitch Practice at The Sprout Fund office, 5423 Penn Ave, Garfield 15206 during the first week of January, 2017. At these 15-20 minute meetings a Sprout staff member will provide individual feedback on your project idea, answer questions about the application process, and help you craft an effective “pitch” statement.

Put the final touches on your application and get hands-on technical assistance making your pitch video at the Hill District Carnegie Library, 2177 Centre Ave, Hill District 15219 on Saturday, January 7, 2017 between 10:30am-2pm. At this event professional photographer Renee Rosensteel will provide equipment and expertise to help you make a shareable video pitch, animation, or slide about your project on your video-enabled mobile phone. Sprout staff will be available for last-minute application questions and assistance with the online form.

Sign up for Pitch Practice or Video Production Assistance using Calendly.

Public Launch

Celebrate all those who have shared ideas, donated their money and time, or applied for project support for 100 Days of US at Clear Story Studio, 1931 Sidney St, Southside 15203 on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7–9pm. At this event applicants, friends, and supporters of 100 Days of US will gather for the reveal of the eligible & complete proposals, start the public voting period, and boost the Crowdrise fundraising campaign.

About 100 Days of US

100 Days of US helps people respond to pressing issues facing our country and take action during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration.

It was launched by The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. Sprout has committed $100,000 to support community-led projects in Pittsburgh that empower people to act locally in ways that demonstrate the values and vision of America.

Learn more at 100daysof.us/faq