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

These groups are willing to hang out some dirty laundry, and don’t shy away from the messiness of collaboration. Most of all, they’re ready to take their work to the next level.



What We Bring to the Table

It is our hope to build a solid relationship with each Investee, to which we bring:

  • Up to four years of unrestricted funding ($200k in total). You know how the money is best invested, so we won’t ask how it’s spent.
  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – aka the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, 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 our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.


What We’ll Ask of You

For your part, we will ask that you bring:

  • 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.


How to Apply

#1 Check Your Eligibility

Is your organization:

#2 Check the Deadline

SVP typically makes two grants annually in two of the three focus areas mentioned above.  Our 2018 grants will be focus on K-12 Education and kindergarten readiness. Our deadlines are as follows:

  • K-12 Education: November 9, 2017 at 5 PM – Deadline has passed
  • Kindergarten Ready: Guidelines to be announced in December, 2017

#3 Submit a Letter of Inquiry

Nonprofits are invited to submit letters of inquiry (LOI) during each grant cycle.  LOIs are evaluated by our grant committee based on the following guidelines and information:

  • K-12 Education Grant Guidelines and LOI Fact Sheet – Deadline has passed
  • Kindergarten Ready Grant Guidelines and LOI Fact Sheet (coming in December 2017)

#4 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.

#5 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.

#6 Receive a Grant

SVP’s grant committees select 2 Investees each year.  Grants are distributed each June.

Further Questions

If you have questions about applying for an SVP grant, please contact Ben Mitchell.


Collective Action Grants

In addition to our multi-year, Investee relationships, SVP is also proud to support groups that are finding new ways to make a greater impact together.  More information about upcoming opportunities will be announced soon.  Please contact Zamzam Abdulgani with any questions.


Social Venture Kids Grants

Each year SVP’s teen philanthropy group, Social Venture Kids, selects a community issue they would like to address. They raise funds, research the issue they’ve selected, solicit and evaluate grant applications, and make annual grants totaling $10,000 or more.

Learn more about SVK grants >>