Michelson Spark Grants
Michelson 20MM FoundationSuggest an update
Next predicted deadline: Mar 16, 2021
Later predicted deadlines: Apr 27, 2021 11:59pm PDT
Grant amount: Up to US $25,000
Fields of work: Technology Access & Digital Literacy College Success / Persistence Career/College Preparation Vocational & Trade Education
Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach
Location of project: United States
Location of residency: United StatesView website Save
About this funder:
Michelson 20MM Foundation
The mission of the Michelson 20MM Foundation is to improve access, affordability, and efficacy in postsecondary education that leads to meaningful careers.
Sparks Grants Overview
The vision for the Spark Grants program is to introduce an innovative just-in-time grantmaking process to fill urgent needs for education organizations that are well-aligned with our Key Target Outcomes. We seek to fund highly impactful initiatives that would not be possible if they needed to wait through a traditional grant decision timeline.
Key Target Outcomes
- Increase access to alternatives to face-to-face high-quality educational programming in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals who are incarcerated.
- Advance the revision and adoption of anti-racism curriculum development across systems of higher education.
- Increase adoption of high quality, low cost instructional materials, including open educational resources, for educational programs based in correctional facilities.
- Increase access to wraparound reentry support services for individuals reentering the community that establish innovative pathways to higher education and/or career technical training.
- Strengthen higher education success for justice-involved students through campus organizations that liaise with campus services and advocate for formerly incarcerated students.
- Increase justice-involved individuals economic mobility through workforce programming that leads to high growth, high wage careers.
- Advance public policy solutions around higher education and workforce development that leverage federal, state, county, or city level systems change for justice-involved populations.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- The Spark Grant program is available to United States-based non-profits, institutions, and for-profits (for for-profit organizations we will apply additional scrutiny to mission alignment).
- What we're looking for:
- Alignment with Key Target Outcomes
- Potential Impact of Grant
- Measurability of Project Impact
- Long-term Organization Sustainability
- Scalability of Project
- Preference will be given to grants that cover a specific self-contained milestone focus such as inflection points, things that may open up a new foothold with a partner (i.e. enabling a new partnership with a market leader), new proof of concept.
- Examples of funding restrictions:
- general operating expenses (rent, utilities, server costs, etc.),
- general working capital.