SPUR SEED GRANT PROGRAM FAQ
Our Seed Grant Program is traditionally designed to empower 4th-12th grade individuals and groups to carry out their youth initiated and directed community impact projects, though we have had driven younger groups apply. Our grant covers the costs of supplies associated with the proposed project, removing the financial barrier for young, passionate and committed people to pursue their vision of committing to SPUR good deeds.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any school aged youth between 4th-12th grade, and lives in the Lynn, Marblehead, Salem & Swampscott.
Is there an application fee?
Can I apply as part of a group?
Yes! Groups are welcome so long as all members are between 4th-12th grade and reside in the focus communities.
Once I apply - how long till I hear back?
Received applications are reviewed and answers are provided within three (3) weeks.
Can I apply more than once?
Yes, deeply believe that doing good deeds, SPUR's more good deeds. Youth are encouraged to apply as often as well thought out ideas come about; however, previous projects must be completed successfully including follow up evaluation before applying for a new Seed Grant to support a different community impact project.
How much can I apply for?
We award up to $500 per awarded application. Requested supplies or services must be well justified and clearly laid out in submitted application and budget. Our ability to award is only limited by overall program funding.
How do I receive the money that I need to do my project?
Seed Grant recipients will supply SPUR with a list of supplies or services needed to complete the project. Working together, SPUR will purchase the supplies or services necessary, up to but not more than the awarded amount.
How long do I have to complete my project?
We aim for all projects to be completed within three months from project start date.
My project is completed, now what?
We ask that the grant recipients fill out and submit a brief follow up evaluation, describing the outcome of the project, lessons learned and next steps for sustainability.
Can I request a seed grant to start a business?
We do not provide Seed Grants for individuals or groups to make a fiscal gain.
What is expected of me if I receive a grant?
If your project is selected for support, you agree to follow through with the project as laid out to the best of your ability.
Agree to take photos or videos showcasing your project in action
Allow your project to be highlighted, publicized and shared by SPUR.
Agree to mention you are a SPUR Seed Grant recipient in all project announcements made on social media, area news outlets, school reports and the like.
Agree to submit a post project evaluation.
While worthy efforts, we do not give to:
Contribute toward fundraisers
We are unable consider:
Projects which directly conflict with our mission and values.
Projects that have well established funding sources.
Projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
Projects that are discriminatory.
Projects that are political in nature.
Requests for cash.
We cannot cover the following specific costs:
Computers, tablets, or other technology where the primary benefit is for one person, or where the project only needs the equipment for short term use.
One time use or disposable items.