Sprout is partnering with Amizade Global Service-Learning to offer a grant opportunity for organizations that are dedicated to global engagement in Pittsburgh. A recent blog from Amizade fills in all the details:

The Sprout Fund has partnered with Amizade Global Service-Learning to help facilitate a series of community conversations and develop a request for proposal (RFP) that will establish The Global Switchboard’s presence in Pittsburgh and help build a community of practitioners committed to global engagement. The Global Switchboard is Pittsburgh’s home for global engagement and is powered by Amizade and anchored by Global Solutions Pittsburgh.

The RFP will support projects designed to build the community of practice associated with global engagement in Pittsburgh. Sprout will be accepting proposals requesting $1,000 for projects that will, “create meaningful connections between globally-focused organizations, increase engagement of new audiences, and bolster the growing community of practitioners working to make Pittsburgh a more global city.”

The first Global Switchboard Convening, on July 16, was an event co-hosted by The Sprout Fund and Amizade Global Service-Learning designed to explore how Pittsburgh can become a more global city and was open to the greater Pittsburgh community. Sprout assisted in facilitating dialogue in order to help community members discuss ways to increase global engagement in Pittsburgh.

After the event, Sprout analyzed the convening and they identified four common themes: (1) the need to develop a robust community of practice, (2) the importance of storytelling, (3) the critical nature of education-based initiatives, and (4) the vital role of advocacy and public policy efforts. In a follow-up convening for The Switchboard members on August 20, The Sprout Fund introduced The Global Switchboard Community of Practice RFP. This RFP was designed based on these emerging themes and serve as a direct response to the community input gathered at the convening.

Learn more about the grant opportunity here on our website.