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The FoodSpark team is thankful for everyone who attended The Spark this past Saturday at The Griot Museum.

Because of your presence, support, and generosity, we were able to provide space for 11 local changemakers to share the ideas and initiatives they are leading, and together we raised $500 dollars to support one of them.

Please join us in congratulating Nick Speed of the Ujima Non-Profit Cafe in earning the audience's support to receive this FoodSpark microgrant. You can learn more about Ujima and connect with their efforts through their Facebook page.

Read about more of the ideas presented at The Spark via

Local Opportunities Amplifying Ideas by Black and Brown Leaders

Gain more support for your efforts through these two local initiatives supporting Black and Brown entrepreneurs, non-profits, and ideas:

WePower STL Elevate/Elevatar Accelerator

Elevate engages with Black and Latinx founders of early-stage companies committed to the St. Louis region. Founders execute a six-month curriculum that connects them to mentorship and resources. By the end of the program, companies exit with an expanded network, a developed portfolio, and secured investment.

Black Funders of St. Louis (BFSTL)

The 2019 Black Philanthropy Month Grants will support capacity building for Black-led nonprofit organizations focused on economic mobility with organizational budgets less than $100,000. Applications are available at and will be accepted through 4:00 p.m. CST on August 30, 2019.

3 Ways to Keep The Black Summer Vibes Going 

Stream the Black Summer Playlist on Spotify. 

Featuring Black musical artists who make you think, groove, and chill out with songs across multiple generations.

Make a dish from our Black Summer recipe zine.

Dishes include "Mama's Baked Beans," homemade barbecue sauce, lemon lavender pound cake, chicken pot pie, and succotash. 

Keep talking about Black struggle, resilience, and opportunities with the Black Summer conversation guide.

Partners for This Series

Events throughout this series are co-organized with members of Young Friends of The Ville, The Griot Museum of Black History, Great Rivers Greenway, and the Missouri Historical Society

If you would like to partner or collaborate for this series or any of its events, please contact Team FoodSpark at
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