What are SPARKS Grants? 

The purpose of SPARKS Grants is to organize local grassroots groups to make changes in their communities that result in a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including individuals with diverse identities and/or individuals that are underserved. *

Grassroots community organizing means groups that are led by individuals with disabilities together with their allies, who are working for positive community change for individuals with I/DD on issues that are important to them.

 Priority activities for 2018-19 SPARKS Grants are:

  1. Increasing transportation options for people with I/DD
  2. Increasing the number of people with I/DD voting

Application Packet


Activity: Date:
Applications released June 15, 2018
Applications Due August 31, 2018
Review process complete/applications ranked September 14, 2018
Start date of contract October 1, 2018

What have been some of the accomplishments of past SPARKS Grants?

SPARKS grants started in 2010 and have had many positive results, including:

  • Creation of an accessible parks in Oshkosh and Glendale.
  • Expansion of the bus transportation system in the Wausau area.
  • Development of unique job opportunities at local organic farms in Kickapoo, WI.
  • Creation of an accessible garden, community room and kitchen in Stevens Point.

What can you expect from BPDD?

Each SPARKS Grant recipient will receive ongoing coaching/technical assistance to help you get started on your project as well as throughout your project.  You will also have opportunities to share your project ideas and resources with other grant recipients from around the state.