Spark MicroGrants

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Spark MicroGrants
Non-profit organization
Industry International development
Founded July 2010
Headquarters Musanze, Rwanda
Key people
Sasha Fisher (Founder)

Spark MicroGrants is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives microgrants of about $3,000 to local communities in East Africa.


Since July 2010, Spark MicroGrants has worked alongside communities in Rwanda, Uganda And Burundi in order to support their community-driven initiatives. Community members contribute on average over 1,600 hours of planning for their projects. Projects range from increasing access to education and clean water to projects rebuilding orphanages and sustainable latrines. Spark facilitators help to instigate discussion amongst a community about the goals of the community, and possible solutions are brought together with skills training to ensure communities take ownership of improvements they seek.

Spark MicroGrants began its work in Rwanda in 2010 and has rapidly scaled across Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi. Spark has over 90 community partners today.

Spark has been touted as the organization that will change the way aid is distributed to more rapidly build a world with dignity.

Board of directors[edit]

  • Sasha Fisher, Executive Director
  • Andy Bryant, Executive Director of the Segal Family Foundation
  • Allison Devore
  • Tom Fry
  • Jonathan Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Dimagi
  • Stacey Faella
  • Sandra Wijnberg
  • Kara Weiss

Media coverage[edit]

In 2011, Spark MicroGrants was featured in Forbes magazine,[1] and was a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.[2]


Spark MicroGrant's model has been used to support 160+ community partners across Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ghana to launch local projects, with the support of foundations and private donors.[3]

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