spark brings community-minded women together to connect, collaborate and change lives in Ottawa.
As part of their investment in sparkFund, they work together to allocate Community Action Grants that benefit Ottawa’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods. For more information, open the interactive map to view our city-wide investments.
Strong neighbourhoods are the foundation of a great city. Having a dedicated group of engaged residents is essential to the fabric of any community.
Facilitated by United Way Ottawa, spark works to address the social problems facing residents living in Ottawa’s 16 priority neighbourhoods by investing in Community Action Grants. Through the investment of collective resources, spark funds community-driven solutions that change lives.
How does sparkFund work?
The sparkFund is based on a model of collective philanthropy allowing members to invest together to make an impact in our community. Spark offers women the opportunity to directly influence how their investments create a positive impact for Ottawa’s most vulnerable.
- Women interested in joining spark designate their donation to the sparkFund to activate membership
- Donations are pooled with all other spark members’ investments (since our launch, members have raised nearly $100,000!)
- Twice a year spark Members initiate a Call for Proposals calling on residents and neighbourhood organizations in priority neighbourhoods to submit their requests for funding and proposed initiatives
- Members participate in all aspects of the assessment and allocation of Community Action Grants
What’s a Community Action Grant?
The money allocated by members of spark is called a Community Action Grants. These funds are invested twice a year. These grants:
- Give residents and neighbourhood organizations an opportunity to lead their own community development initiatives.
- Provide vital financial support that enables residents to identify, plan, implement and monitor community projects.
- Fund projects with neighbourhood-wide benefits where traditional funding opportunities such as civic events funding, etc. is not usually available.
- Empower residents and community groups to develop community action plans and local initiatives