Spark Grants

Spark: (n) anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst; (v) to send forth gleams or flashes

Spark Grants, a competitive grants program conceived of and funded by Letitia and John Carter, offer 3rd grade classroom teachers in Providence up to $1,000 for projects that engage students through unique experiences and creative learning methods and stimulate student interest in relevant educational topics.

It is hoped that, over time, this program will inspire creativity, exchange of ideas, and experimentation among teachers. Spark Grants are managed by the Rhode Island Foundation.


  • Fulltime teachers in any Providence public school, including charters physically located in Providence, may apply for these competitive grants.
  • Eligible expenses: software licenses, field trips, equipment, and other resources that would not otherwise be available.
  • Proposed projects can serve several students or an entire classroom.
  • Multiple applications from one teacher are not permitted; teachers should submit their best idea.
  • Multiple teachers may collaborate to submit a joint proposal to pool funds.
  • Spark Grants are for one-time expenses and cannot provide ongoing funding to sustain projects.
  • Supplies alone are not eligible, unless the teacher makes a compelling case for how the supplies would engage and stimulate their students in a new and unique way. 

Application information

To apply, teachers must tell us:

  • How would you use the funds?
  • What outcomes do you expect as a result of this project? 

Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on October 17, 2014. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST). A panel of external reviewers will assist the Foundation in screening applications. Each application will be judged for originality, potential for success, and clarity of purpose.

Programs selected for funding will be announced in December 2014. The funds must be expended by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Spark Grant recipients must provide a one-page summary at the end of the school term describing how they used the funds and what the grant has accomplished. Successful applications and the report forms will be made available online at the conclusion of the school year, in order to inform and inspire other teachers.

To apply

Please complete the following:

  • Narrative
  • Online application*
    (Applications are available six weeks prior to the deadline; all applications must be submitted through our online system.Please note that you will need to attach your completed narrative to the online application before submitting.)

* If you already have started this online application, please log in to your account page to edit the application that is in progress.


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