Funding Priorities

Thank you for your interest in the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center. The Sparks Museum strives to make local and regional history interesting and accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities. The Museum continues to expand its educational programming and historical archive to better serve the community of Sparks, Nevada and preserve its history for generations to come. This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.

As of January 2017, our current funding priorities are:

1. Build and organize archival research library. The Museum is in the process of converting a portion of its front gallery into an archival research room with shelving for library materials and desks for the public to conduct research. Access to the library is free and volunteers continue to process books and materials to expand our offerings to the community.

2. Protect and preserve the Museum’s collection. The Museum houses and extensive collection of historical materials that need different methods of preservation to ensure their longevity. Archival storage supplies will protect the most fragile and precious artifacts housed at the museum.

3. Print historical coloring book for children. The Museum has created a 16-page coloring book with facts about local history, and images to color such as Bertha the Elephant, the Glendale Schoolhouse, the Spirit of Sparks, and more. The coloring book is distributed free to school groups and children who visit the museum.

Your donation will make the Sparks Museum more powerful and efficient in our work to preserve local history and educate the public. Call Kelly Reis at 775-355-1144 to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities. Donations can be made online here.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to

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