Spark Grants - Human Trafficking
About Human Trafficking (September 2017)
Human trafficking is modern day slavery and this crime is happening across the United State, and in Pennsylvania including the Lehigh Valley. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to manipulate victims into engaging in commercial sex acts, or labor or services, in exchange for something of monetary value.
One of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that the industry generates more than $32 billion per year. According to Polaris Project, the average entry of children into sex trafficking is age 12-15 and runaway youth are high risk for exploitation by traffickers.
- Online Application Available: April 1, 2017
- Application Deadline: April 28, 2017
- Grants Announced: April 30, 2017
Please direct grant inquiries and questions to:
About the Spark Grant Process
To assist grantees in understanding and navigating the Spark Grants process, there are two FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
50th Anniversary Spark Grants FAQ - (PDF) This FAQ outlines what the Spark Grants will fund, the amounts of the grants, the organizations that can apply, the types of programs that are eligible, the written and video phases of the application, and more.
Spark Grant Application FAQ - (PDF) This FAQ provides answers related to the Foundation’s online grants management system including how to create an account, what information is needed, and the file formats that are best, etc.
The Online Application
The application for Mental and Behavioral Health (including Substance abuse) using Foundation’s online grants management system is now closed.
The Spark Team will select proposals for funding based on the following evaluation criteria:
Written portion of the application (Phase 1)
Video portion of the application (Phase 2) which includes:
Public preferences, as evidenced through community ‘voting’
Applicant’s overall engagement with the campaign
Foundant Tutorial and Instructional Videos
Below are two videos that may be helpful in understand the Foundant online application, in addition, a Foundant Tutorial is available as a (PDF) :
Setting up a regular applicant registration page
Applicant Workflow with Decision Information
MAKE A GIFT | 50th Anniversary Spark Grant Initiatives for Human Trafficking
Gifts in the form of a check can be made payable to the Spark Grants - Human Traffficking and mailed to The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101. Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below. A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund. Gifts to the fund will be used to support the Community Foundation's funding of organizations in Northampton and Lehigh Counties who provide mental and behavioral health services and education.