Michelson Spark Grants

Michelson 20MM Foundation

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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 States

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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.


This page was last reviewed October 14, 2020 and last updated June 30, 2020