Spark Prize for Brooklyn Nonprofits

The 2017-18 Spark Prize Application Now Open | Applications Due Friday, May 12th
Learn More at SparkPrize.org


The Spark Prize is named for our mission to spark lasting social change in Brooklyn and is the signature program of our Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in Brooklyn’s nonprofit community.

The Spark Prize provides annual recognition and meaningful support to organizations with a strong track record of addressing critical challenges and opportunities in Brooklyn. We aim to celebrate organizations that demonstrate creativity, impact, and healthy disruption within their field, as well as a strong vision for the future of their organization, in Brooklyn and beyond.

We award up to $600,000 annually through the Spark Prize. Five nonprofits are selected through a comptetitive applications process for the $100,000 Prize and 20 finalists each receive up to $5,000 in matching funds on #GivingTuesday—the annual national day of giving observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to encourage local donors to support to their work. 

Organizations are asked to address four primary criteria in their applications: 
  • Born in Brooklyn: Organizations that have a deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough.  
  • Commitment to Equity: Organizations that address systemic challenges and are working toward racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Values Driven: Organizations that have strong, articulated values that permeate through all aspects of their work and align with Brooklyn Community Foundation’s five defining values: Courage, Respect, Honesty, Collaboration, and Creativity.
  • Vision for Future: Organizations that have a strong forward-looking vision for their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

Learn More at SparkPrize.org