Imagine you had up to $2,000. How would you make your school or community a better place? (Think your school, your town, or even your community at large)

Who can apply?

Schools (individual classrooms and districts), youth groups associated with 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, churches, or government agencies located in or serving residents of Emmet County. Initiatives should be youth-led with youth involvement in executing the idea. 


Complete the online Spark Tank application. While not required, feel free to include videos of students/youth sharing their ideas in addition to responding to the online application. 


  • Submissions are due by Friday, April 17, 2020 – Deadline extended to accommodate school closure
  • Awards will be announced in May 2020

How much funding is available?

Total amount available: $25,000

Grant size: Up to $2,000 each

We expect to award at least one grant in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Pellston and Alanson.

Free resources to teach youth about philanthropy

The following resources are made available by Learning to Give – an online resource to provide quality, teacher-written lessons and resources to help K-12 teachers equip their students to be giving and caring citizens. 

Philanthropic literature (Grades: K, 1, 2)

What is Philanthropy (Grades: 3, 4, 5)

Character education: Caring (Grades: 6, 7, 8)

ECHO, ECHO, ECHO – Each Can Help Others (Grades: 6, 7, 8)

Be the Change: Core Values (Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12)

Power and Potential to Make a Difference (Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12)


For questions about Spark Tank, contact our Youth Advisory Committee Advisor Sarah Ford at 231.348.5820 or sford(at) 

Brought to you by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee, celebrating 25 years of youth philanthropy this year!