Making a "Be the Spark" Grant Video

Five (5) Be the Spark Grant finalists for each Spark Issue are required to submit a one-minute video (details below) that will be posted on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page and website.

Community members will be encouraged to engage in the grants process by viewing the videos and voting for a program/video of interest over a two-week period (to be announced for each issue).  The Spark Team will then come together one more time to allocate the $50,000 in grants among the finalists. 

The purpose of the video is to engage the community through a public awareness campaign in support of the six issues and organizations making a difference.  The intention is to have fun and share your passion for important issues with others.  The videos will be promoted through the Community Foundation’s social media, website, and other online channels where visitors may vote on the videos they prefer. Video voting is one measure for consideration in the evaluation process, and does not represent a majority factor.

Requirements of the video

Videos should have the following common characteristics:

  • Video should demonstrate how the organization is a spark for improving life in the Lehigh Valley.  What makes the program the “spark”?  What are you doing to “Be The Spark”?“
  • Home-grown” or organic quality – recording the video on your cell phone is highly encouraged.  “Professionally produced” videos are discouraged. 
  • Up to one (1) minute in length.
  • End the video with “Happy 50th Anniversary to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation” and consider a “spark hug” of someone or something that represents your organization, program, mission, or issue.  It should answer the question – What does your organization embrace?
  • The preferred file type is MP4 or MOV.
  • For editing... there are free programs for the Mac (iMovie) and Mircosoft computers (MovieMaker)
  • The easiest way to get us the video is to send the file using https://wetransfer.comYou can send any file up to 2 gigs and all you need is this email:<. ">If you have a Dropbox account, upload the file to your Dropbox and email the link to Michael Wilson with permission to access the file. Similarly, if you use Google Drive, you can upload the file and send him an email with permission to access the file...and I'll go get.

Below is a video shot with an iPhone by the Community Foundation that provides instructions and serves as an example of home-grown 60 -second video that grant applicants need to produce for phase 2 of the Be the Spark grant application process. The video is not meant to be overly burdensome or complex. If you feel that video production may be outside of your organization’s capabilities at this time, please contact the Community Foundation for technical assistance: