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The Sprout Fund serves as a catalyst by providing crucial financial support for small-scale and first-time projects. Seeding these types of programs in the early stages can payoff big time for communities in Pittsburgh. One such program is their Change Machine project. It provides $500 grants for youth-led initiatives.

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Young people (ages 18 and younger) from Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania who have ideas to make a positive change in their community are eligible to apply. Here’s what they’re looking for in a potential project:

The Change Machine provides $500 grants to support, celebrate, and showcase unique youth-led initiatives with the power to incite positive change. Change Machine projects are innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by youth, and inspire a diverse group of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged.

Applications will be accepted on the first Friday of February, May, August, and November and the winners are typically announced within five to six weeks.

To learn more about the Change Machine program, click here. You can find out about program guidelines here. An online form (the preferred method for submitting your application) can be submitted here.

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