Spark a change in your community with a SPARKS Grant!

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 under-served. 

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 2019-20 SPARKS Grants are:

  1. Increasing transportation options for people with I/DD (e.g. plan a ride along with your legislator and/or local elected officials to show transportation challenges, develop a work group with your county transportation board, etc.)  Please note that you cannot purchase a vehicle or vouchers to pay for transportation.  The project must show that it can be sustained beyond the one year of funding. 
  2. Increasing the number of people with I/DD voting (e.g. Get Out the Vote activities, informational videos, outreach to underserved populations, etc.)

You can download an application by following this link:

Application materials can be submitted via email, fax, or regular mail.

  • To submit via email, email your application materials to
  • To submit via fax, fax your application materials to (608) 267-3906.
  • To submit via regular mail, mail your application materials to:

Sparks Grants


101 East Wilson St, Rm 219

Madison, WI  53703

Apply by August 30, 2019