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Sparkplug Foundation

Deadline: October 3, 2018

The Sparkplug Foundation seeks to support communities to address institutional injustices, and to build a just society.

Eligible applicants include projects with 501(c)(3) sponsoring organizations and individuals working on new, non-profit projects. At this time, projects are funded in three areas:  1) community organizing; 2) music; 3) education.


Sparkplug aims to support projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. In the past, this has included literacy projects that bring parents & kids together to learn, projects that use a neighborhood as a classroom, projects that help teachers share ideas about creative, relevant curricula, etc. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting critical and investigative thinking, and projects that address class disparities in education.


Sparkplug supports the development of music by helping to launch new voices and ideas. Generally, this means they fund emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. The funding is intended to help them gain a foothold that makes their work sustainable.

Sparkplug provides grants only for seed money or to launch new ideas within existing projects.

Important dates for the Fall 2018 cycle.

Answers to the preliminary questions must be submitted by September 29, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Letters of Intent must be submitted by October 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Completed applications must be submitted by November 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Grant decisions will be announced on our website (check the homepage for a link) by 11:59 pm Eastern December 3, 2018.

Funding is available nationwide.

Wawa Foundation

Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Wawa Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas served by Wawa, Inc.

Grants are made in the following focus areas:


The Wawa Foundation will provide funding to organizations committed to saving and improving lives in the communities Wawa serves. Specifically, The Wawa Foundation will support organizations dedicated to the care and treatment of people in need in Wawa’s areas of operation.


The Wawa Foundation will play a leading role in hunger relief in the communities Wawa serves. To achieve this, the Foundation supports programs that create food access for people in need through partnership with regional suppliers and local food banks.


The Wawa Foundation will support and celebrate our everyday heroes, including crisis responders, individuals serving in our military and our veterans. We are committed to helping and enabling those who serve – we call them “Everyday Heroes.” Wawa is service oriented, so it’s natural for us to lend a helping hand to those who serve and protect. The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces help us enjoy freedoms every day, and we are honored to do our part to provide our support to organizations that enrich and uplift our troops and their families. We’re also committed to first responders like local firefighters and police officers for all they do to keep the communities that Wawa serves safe and secure.

The submission windows for grants over $2,500 for 2018 will be the months of January, April, July and October.

Qualified organizations can submit grant requests and Letters of Inquiry during those timeframes. Requests will be reviewed and organizations will receive a response before the next grant submission window opens.

Only registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Wawa’s six-state area are eligible to apply.

State Farm Insurance

Deadline: October 31, 2018

State Farm grant applications for 2018 funded requests will be available from Saturday, September 1 through Wednesday, October 31.

At a local level, grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Safety Grants

* Auto and Roadway Safety

* Teen Driver Education

* Home Safety and Fire Prevention

* Disaster Preparedness

* Disaster Recovery

Community Development

* Affordable Housing

* Job Training

* Neighborhood Revitalization

* Small Business Development

* Financial Literacy

* First Time Homeownership


* Teacher Development

* Service-Learning

* Education Reform / Systemic Improvement

Eligible applicants are:

  • Educational institutions
  • Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with State Farm’s charitable focus.
  • 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations
  • 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies
  • 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce

USA Football

Deadline: December 31, 2018

In partnership with the NFL Foundation, USA Football provides equipment donations to youth and high school football organizations that have been affected by floods, earthquakes, fire, theft and other natural disasters.

USA Football’s grant committee reviews each application carefully to determine if an organization qualifies for a donation. All youth organizations must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization and affiliated with Heads Up Football.

Applications are to be submitted anytime based on need stemming from the disaster.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Deadline: September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for Recycling Program Performance Grants.

Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate. Post-consumer aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastics, corrugated cardboard, newspapers and other marketable grades of paper are materials eligible for the grants. All eligible materials collected from residents, business, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards.

Eligible applicants are restricted to municipalities as defined in the Act as amended (i.e., incorporated towns, townships, boroughs, cities, counties, home rule municipalities, authorities, councils of governments, consortiums, or similar entities established by two or more municipalities.