Sparking Community Projects Across eMzantsi!
Our annual call for Spark Grant applications was heard far and wide this time round – and we’re now happy to announce the recipient projects for our 2019 round of micro-grants.
As the premise of our Spark Grants is that each project that’s awarded the R5,000 funding should correspond to one of our 11 principles, so not every applicant will or can be awarded – but we’re happy to note that each year, the number of applications is growing, which indicates that word about our Sparks is reaching a greater number of people.
This year, 29 applications for Spark Grants were received – and all were amazing mix of community activism and creative solutions. High on our community’s agenda this year is the principle Each One Teach One – with common themes of repurposing materials, environmental stewardship, empowerment of girls and community health. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t choose them all and so this year’s roll call is:
African Climate Alliance Pilot
Challenging attachment to the value of consumer goods, through making and upcycling, in the face of climate change.
Helping young women find their unique voice through music, through training and social development.
Breaking the Curse
A safer street culture and community beautification in Ocean View through murals.
Come and Play (Green Carnival)
Youth learning to making puppets from waste to educate about illegal dumping and working towards creating a Khayelitsha Green Carnival.
Ikamva Kids Club
Art empowerment workshops for youth of Hanover and Richmond in Northern Cape.
Elders teaching children various indigenous games to foster nation building.
Ke Lebone Artist Retreat
Building a dignified space to create from recycled materials, to retain artistic talent in the Northern Cape.
Khululwa Nkatshu Youth Development Project
Creative education about social issues and risk diversion for marginalized teenage girls.
Kumba Theatre Afterschool Programme
Changing attitudes hygiene though creative recycled signs – because, toilets!
No Woman Left Behind
Creating an epidemic of positive femaleness amongst females through skating and diving.
Salt River Nature Park
Cleaning and greening a disused urban plot on the corner of Pope and Fenton Roads to foster healthy and happy lives locally.
Thank you to all who took the time to apply – it’s great to see our community in action – watch this space for project updates and report backs!
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