SPARC Program

The deadline for the next review cycle is now May 15, 2017!

SPARC Program Purpose: To "spark" IASWG members' innovative practice, education, training and research projects through endorsement and small grants to advance the IASWG mission.

The IASWG is proud of the exciting array of approved SPARC Projects approved in our first three years of operation. You can link overviews and listing of SPARC Projects below. All IASWG SPARC Projects have applied for and received IASWG Endorsement, and many have requested and received IASWG Grants. Potential applicants should review the submission guidelines. Our current funding levels range from $250 to $1000 per grant. Thus far, we have SPARC Projects from Australia, Canada, South Africa and United States.

Applications are reviewed twice per year, in advance of the IASWG Board Meetings, generally held in June and November. The next deadline is now May 15, 2017.

SPARC Projects include:

  • Initiative to expand support group work services and training with media capabilities.
  • Dissertation study of factors in the commitment to group work practice.
  • Project to compile case studies for group work teaching and training.
  • Research to study authors' trajectories following their group work related dissertations.
  • Training to expand staff expertise in providing diverse group work programs.
  • Innovation to expand knowledge and competency to more effectively serve an under-served population.
  • Dissertation study of school social workers' perceptions of grief counseling groups for adolescents.
  • Development of group work programs to better serve youth and young men of color.
  • Large scale research study to examine and work more effectively with diversity in group work throughout stages of development.
  • Implementation of an innovative book discussion group with members with multiple sclerosis.
  • Evaluation of small group activities within online learning environments.
  • Research and training in group work supervision.
  • Advocacy for the use of group methods in social work and allied fields.
  • Examination of the linkage of summer camp programs and the development of social group work.
  • Establishment of a think tank & action network to challenge and eradicate the oppressive social structures threatening young Black males.
  • Implementation of a stigma focused group program, collaboratively developed for and with parents living with HIV.

IASWG members are welcome to submit proposals to the SPARC Program, requesting endorsement with or without funding, for special projects (e.g., training, research, and practice) consistent with the mission of IASWG.

All proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Please feel free to contact Carol S. Cohen at the above email address or by phone at +516.877.4427 to discuss the Program with a member of the SPARC Committee.

Information you need will to apply:

IASWG SPARC Bi-annual Reports:


Reports from Past SPARC Projects: