SPUR | Seed Grant

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The SPUR Seed Grant Program offers school-aged youth in the Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott Massachusetts communities, an opportunity to receive the support needed to carryout youth initiated and directed community impact projects. 


Our Seed Grant empowers 4th – 12th grade individuals and groups who possess the initiative and aspiration to implement thoughtful, sustainable and executable ideas which positively affect the local community.


Limited only by total overall program funding, the SPUR Seed Grant aims to support as many projects as possible in a non-competitive manner.  In other words, our desire is to fund all projects which meet program guidelines for sustainability and community impact, with each project eligible for funding up to $500. 


To apply, potential recipients, including groups, must be in 4th – 12th grade and complete a formal application which will:

  • Define the problem
  • Specify project objectives including benefactors and timeline of no more than 3 months
  • Submit project budget and supply list for seed grant request
  • Articulate implementation plan
  • Explain intended follow up and evaluation method


We will work with the Seed Grant recipient, purchasing materials as necessary for the project’s execution, up to the awarded amount. In addition, we commit to provide as much logistical help as possible, including mobilizing volunteers to support the recipient in the implementation of their project.


Throughout project execution, the recipient will be required to document their progress and reflect as they learn firsthand about project management, including but not limited to budget development and tracking, impact assessment and final project evaluation.


A key component of our mission is the involvement of youth.  We believe deeply in the value of service learning and the transformative impact it can have.


SPUR recognizes even the smallest of seeds can SPUR good deeds.  By empowering youth and covering the costs associated with youth directed projects, we remove major obstacles that may be hindering our young and bright community members; investing in the next generation and working to cultivate a group of compassionate and community-minded neighbors, friends, and colleagues.


Sponsor a project.  Mail your tax-deductible donation to SPUR: PO Box, 1274 Marblehead MA 01945 and note Seed Grant in memo or donate online here (we incur a 3% fee for online transactions)


Apply to our Seed grant program here.


Seed Grant Project Examples.


Seed Grant FAQ.