Do you have an innovative solution to a community need? Then Four County Community Foundation (4CCF) wants to hear it all about it! The Foundation is launching a new initiative in 2023 called the 4CCF Spark Grant. Applicants—including individuals and nonprofit groups—can apply to present an in-person proposal to a panel of 4CCF committee members who will have a pool of $40,000 to award. Each pitch will also include a five-minute question and answer session involving the applicant and the panel of committee members.

The format, similar to that of the tv show ‘Shark Tank,’ is designed to feel accessible and more interactive than the traditional grant application process and is open to projects in all stages of development.

“We are really hoping this new initiative sparks interest with people in our community that want to do good things, but may not know where to start or are intimidated by the normal grant writing process,” said Ken Hummel, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

 “We are excited to see what ideas are brought forward!”

The Spark Grant program will proceed as follows:

  • Phase 1: July 1-August 31

Applicants will have the opportunity to complete a simple survey that captures their innovative idea. A link to the survey can be requested by emailing

  • Phase 2: September 13

The 4CCF Spark review committee will invite a select number of finalists to a pitch night. Those finalists will be notified by Sept. 13.

  • Phase 3: September 28

Finalists will participate in Pitch Night on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. at a location to be determined.

For more information, contact 4CCF Executive Director Kathy Dickens at or 810-444-8852.