Grantmaker of the Month
TRCF is proud to recognize the grantmakers throughout Western Pennsylvania that provide much-needed grants to small non-profits and grassroots organizations as they work to promote social justice and change. Each month will recognize one of these organizations as Grantmaker of the Month.
The Sprout Fund
Grantmaker of the Month, October 2012
The Sprout Fund has been supporting innovative projects in Pittsburgh since 2001. Focused on small-scale funding, civic engagement, digital media and learning, and public art, The Sprout Fund has worked with organizers within the community and, more widely, throughout the region. The Sprout Fund has managed to invest more than $4.3 million in 505 community projects, regardless of political and geographic boundaries.
The Sprout Fund manages to accomplish its mission through a series of grantmaking and community engagement projects:
Seed Awards are financial awards given to projects and programs that are just starting out, and are in the infancy of their development. This is the Sprout Fund’s longest-running program, having started in 2001.
Sprout Public Art was started in 2003, and is a program that seeks to better the image and visual landscape of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Public art facilitates high-quality artwork and the program provides a starting place for artists to become more actively a part of the region’s growth. This program also increases the dialogue between communities and artists, as well as raising awareness for the important place artists have within their community.
Spark is a program started in 2009, which is specifically designed for the empowerment and engagement of children and youth. This program supports organizations that create learning opportunities for children by using technology, media, and the arts. Specifically, Spark works with the Kids+Creativity Network to help create more compelling learning experiences for children.
To find out more about these programs and past programs that The Sprout Fund has created change through, you can click here. To look at a list of the projects The Sprout Fund has supported through these programs, click here.