About Sprout

The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Sprout provides critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community. Sprout projects create new initiatives, events, and organizations that help citizens take action on a pressing issue or enhance the cultural vitality of the Pittsburgh region.

Directed by a board of civically engaged leaders, led by its co-founders, supported by a dedicated staff, and with strong relationships to many community organizations and regional stakeholders, Sprout has worked successfully across political and geographic boundaries to make hundreds of community-decided investments in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

Since 2001, Sprout has supported 18 film and video projects totaling $186,000. Successful projects have focused on amplifying community voices, highlighting issues of social importance, promoting cultural and ethnic diversity, documenting local history, calling for civic action, and the art of entertainment.

With major efforts in learning innovation alongside its flagship community innovation initiatives, Sprout has a distinctive approach to facilitating community change and creating social impact through a blend of grantmaking, community engagement strategies, and other forms of support.

Learn more about Sprout and its innovative programs and projects at sproutfund.org