Michelson Spark Grant Application
The mission of the Michelson 20MM Foundation is to improve access, affordability, and efficacy in postsecondary education that leads to meaningful careers.

The vision for the Spark Grant Program is to introduce an innovative just-in-time grantmaking process to fill urgent needs for education organizations that are well-aligned with our Key Target Outcomes. We seek to fund highly impactful initiatives that would not be possible if they needed to wait through a traditional grant decision timeline.

We are committed to reaching a decision on each application within 15 business days.

In the spirit of acting quickly, grants will be allocated over the next three months (until the total funding is distributed) and you won’t need to wait for a specific deadline.

The Spark Grant Program is available to United States-based non-profits, institutions, and for-profits (for for-profit organizations we will apply additional scrutiny to mission alignment).

Executive Summary - please give a one paragraph overview of the proposed initiative. *
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What problem is this initiative addressing? *
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What is the direct expected impact of this initiative? *
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Who are the populations that this initiative will impact? *
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In what timeframe do you expect to reach this impact? *
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By what metrics will you measure the success of this initiative? *
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Which of the following 20MM target outcomes are addressed by this initiative? *
Please check all that apply.
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What is the total amount of money you are asking for? *
Amounts will be awarded up to $25,000
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What specifically is the money for? Please include an itemized list of anticipated expenses. *
Examples of non-fundable items: no general operating expenses, nothing outside of the self-contained program/initiative, salaries of team members, on-going expenses (rent, utilities, server costs, etc.), on-going inventory, working capital.
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Please list the names and titles of the staff who will be working on this initiative. *
Next to each staff member indicate the percentage of their time that will be spent on this initiative during the grant timeline. Also be sure to indicate who will be the main point of contact for the duration of the grant.
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Is it important for you to receive grant funding within the accelerated turnaround? If so, why? *
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What is the long-term potential impact that this initiative may have, if given the opportunity to scale? *
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Why are you the right team to execute on this initiative? Please include information about your leadership in particular. *
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How will you publicize and bring visibility to this inltititatve? *
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What is your organization's annual budget? *
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How is your organization financially sustained today? Please detail an itemized breakdown of your revenue streams *
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Give example of previous grants that you have received. *
Please include the outcomes of the grants, funding amount, grant timeline, and funder. Please limit your response to the five most recent grants you have received. If your organization has not previously received grant funding this will not negatively impact your application
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Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
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