Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How do I apply for Spark Tank matching funds?

ANSWER: First, pray. Look around your community, and pray for what random act of kindness you can do to create an impact for God for our neighbors. Then Decide. Find that one thing you know you can do, and decide to make that a reality. Finally, Click. Go online to standrewumc.org/sparktank, fill out the application, and click submit. Your application will go to a committee, and once approved, they’ll let you know all of the next steps.

What is required of me?

ANSWER: Above all else, a desire to show love to our neighbors (defined as widely as you can imagine). That’s what this is all about! Then, we’re asking that everyone but the students contribute half of the funds for their respective projects. We have $166,000 to give out this summer, and with your help, we can turn that into over $300,000. Finally, we ask to you take lots of pictures and videos and post them to social media using #SparkTank. With some notice, we may even be able to bring our own camera crew to film alongside you!

How long are you taking applications?

ANSWER: All summer long! Memorial Day to Labor Day. You haven’t missed your opportunity to be a part of this movement.

What kinds of projects are you looking for?

ANSWER: Anything that is serving someone outside of the walls of St. Andrew and that takes some action on your part (not just donating money to a charity that already exists). Think of something that YOU can do for someone else and let us know how we can help you fund it. It doesn’t have to be hard labor…it can be paying someone else’s bill or paying for a repair man to fix something for someone who can’t afford it.

Individual projects can be matched up to $1,000 per project and group projects can be matched up to $5,000 per project. Projects that are initiated by our youth do NOT require them to put up the matching funds.

We do ask that you 1) don’t propose something that the St. Andrew staff will have to sustain after you are finished! This is about what YOU can do….and 2) do not propose something that involves our Food/Clothing Pantry clients. They have their own Board of Directors which must approve what projects they undertake and they have their own long term vision and knowledge of how best to incorporate new ideas for their client base.

How do I get my matching funds?

ANSWER: First submit your proposal through the Spark Tank website and get approval! Then, submit your receipts for the dollar amount that you want reimbursed along with a St. Andrew check request form (you will be sent that when your project is approved). Once your project is approved, someone on the Spark Tank Committee will be in touch to guide you through the reimbursement process.

Can I hire someone to do the work?

ANSWER: Yes….if it is needed because of equipment or skill (for example, if plumbing needs to be fixed). But remember, the point is for YOU to be involved with someone who will experience God’s love through your actions. Our goal is to fulfill Matthew 5:16!! So, if you are going to hire someone to mow someone’s lawn, for example, make sure that you talk to the recipient and that they know why you are doing it!

Can you help me spread the word about why we are doing this?

ANSWER: Yes! We have #sparktank signs that you can use on your projects and we have “business cards” that we would love for you to hand out with your project that explain what Spark Tank is all about. We also have #sparktank T-shirts that we’d love for you to wear when you do your project!

How do I apply for Spark Tank matching funds?

ANSWER: First, pray. Look around your community, and pray for what random act of kindness you can do to create an impact for God for our neighbors. Then Decide. Find that one thing you know you can do, and decide to make that a reality. Finally, Click. Go online to standrewumc.org/sparktank, fill out the application, and click submit. Your application will go to a committee, and once approved, they’ll let you know all of the next steps.

Can I participate in Spark Tank without asking for matching funds?

ANSWER: Absolutely, the matching funds are just there to try and get people motivated and to help in situations where financial help is needed to accomplish your goal!