The Spark Initiative is back for round 2

Mark PetersenGrants

The Spark Initiative, a granting and mentoring opportunity for millennial social entrepreneurs, is back for a second round after a successful conclusion to round one earlier this year.  The Spark Initiative was recently adopted by the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), and their Next Gen Director, Matt Wilkinson, will lead it going forward.

Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded at a gala in Toronto on June 6, 2018. Along with the financial award, twelve finalists will commit to one year’s worth of mentoring by skilled business leaders, and will attend three weekend retreats with peers designed to hone entrepreneurial skills and deepen spiritual life. A unique feature of this new round of grants is that most of the contributors to these grants are also millennials who will participate in the retreats with the finalists.

Applicants must be 35 years of age or under (as of January 1, 2018), a follower of Jesus, involved in the life of a local Canadian church, and meet one of the following three criteria:

  1. Have started, or are in the process of starting, a not-for-profit or charitable organization
  2. Are the point leader of a social driven enterprise within a larger charity
  3. Are the owner of a business that supports the social sector by providing benefits & resources to those most vulnerable and marginalized.

We are looking to support millennials whose social purpose enterprises will benefit communities across Canada. We value innovation, entrepreneurial drive, a willingness to receive mentoring, sustainability, viability, measurement, and spiritual vitality.

Stronger Philanthropy is pleased to provide the CBOQ with a two-stage application process for this initiative.  If you fit the eligibility criteria, we invite you to complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a full application following the LOI stage.

Time is limited. We will receive LOIs between December 1, 2017 – January 26, 2018, with the application window closing at midnight Eastern time.  The shortlist will be notified on February 12, 2018. Finalists will be celebrated at the CBOQ Assembly on June 6, 2018 in Toronto.

When you’re ready to begin your LOI, click the button below:

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This initiative is grateful to the following generous people and organizations who make it possible:

  • BIC Canada
  • Bridgeway Foundation
  • Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
  • David & Dorothy Lam Foundation
  • Holmes Family
  • John & Rebecca Horwood
  • Rosemary Horwood
  • Lutz Family Foundation
  • Mitchell Family Foundation
  • Muskoka Woods
  • Redleaf Foundation
  • River Dali Foundation
  • St Stephen’s University
  • Tamara Foundation

Finally, check out this video announcement of the Spark Initiative.