About the Spark Fund

What is the Spark Fund?

The Spark Fund is an innovative, participatory fund that provides youth-led and youth-focused groups with financial support and capacity development, enabling them to experiment, collaborate, and learn using digital technologies. The fund invests in youth-led and youth-focused groups tackling injustice and inequality, driving transformational change, and building a more inclusive post-pandemic world.

Who created the Spark Fund? 

Global Fund for Children (GFC) and the Avast Foundation established the Spark Fund based on their shared commitment to empowering the next generation to promote human rights in the digital age. Additional partners Shared Nation and Catch22 are providing research support and technology development during the initial phases.

How does the Spark Fund decide who gets funding? 

The Spark Fund puts key decisions in the hands of youth. Through a participatory grantmaking process, regional youth panels make funding decisions using a unique technology platform developed with Shared Nation. The regional youth panel in Europe and Eurasia is made up of ten panellists aged 20 - 28 from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.

The panel will review applications through November and December and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31st January 2022.  

For more information about our first round of funding in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, please see our Call for Applications and Frequently Asked Questions.

Photo credit: Homies Unidos youth pass out food at a Community Response Initiative event. © Homies Unidos, Inc.