spark brings community-minded women together to connect, collaborate and change lives in Ottawa.
Through a donation made to the sparkFund, spark members work together to allocate Community Action Grants that benefit Ottawa’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods. For more information, open the interactive map to view our impact in Ottawa.
Facilitated by United Way Ottawa, spark works to address social problems facing residents living in Ottawa’s priority neighbourhoods. By investing in Community Action Grants, spark funds community-driven solutions that change lives through micro-grants of up to $3,000.
The sparkFund is collective philanthropy — it allows 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.
How It Works
Designate your donation to the sparkFund to activate your membership. Your donation is pooled with other spark members’ investments.
Twice a year we initiate a Call for Proposals — calling on women and their neighbourhood organizations in priority areas to submit proposed initiatives for funding.