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Apply for a Grant

SVP is looking for nonprofits that want to try a different kind of funding relationship.

What We Bring to the Table

  • Three to five years of general operating support. We work mutually to decide where the grant money should be invested.
  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – a.k.a the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, etc.
  • Skilled volunteers who will help build your organization’s capacity in the areas that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • A commitment to working in partnership. We get that there’s a power dynamic in funding relationships. We will do our best to mitigate that. We will invite your honest feedback, own up to our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.

What We’ll Ask of You

  • A willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and to share those weaknesses openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.
  • Flexibility and openness to working with volunteers who have busy schedules and varied professional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to calling us out when something’s not working for you. That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships.
  • An annual work plan and progress report that outlines the capacity building areas you are focused on, how they relate to your mission, and what you have achieved at the end of each year.

We’re not going to lie. We ask a lot of our Investees. And we’re not perfect. Some nonprofits we’ve worked with would say don’t do it. And there are just as many that say it’s worth every ounce of effort.


Here’s How to Apply
#1 Check Your Eligibility

Your organization should be:

  • A Trust, Society or Section 25 organization
  • Having the necessary certifications to accept grants and provide a tax exemption certificate
  • Some aspect of your operations and management based in Bangalore, Mumbai or Pune
  • Working either in Livelihood (job creation/skills development/employment enhancement) OR any city-specific issue
#2 Check the Deadline

SVP typically has 1 grant cycles per year.

  • Issue area: Letters of inquiry due in the month of May
#3 Submit a Full Proposal

SVP’s Grant Committee reviews the letters of inquiry, selects 3-6 organizations, and invites them to submit a full proposal. Proposals are evaluated using similar criteria as outlined for the LOI.

#4 Host a Site Visit

Members of SVP’s Grant Committee will visit your organization. This allows them to see your work in action, get to know your staff and board, and to ask questions they might have. It also gives you a chance to ask questions of SVP.

#5 Receive a Grant

SVP’s  Grant Committees select 3-6 Investees each year. Grants are distributed in July-August.

Further Questions

If you have questions about applying for an SVP grant, please write to info@svpindia.in