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Are You an Innovative Nonprofit?

Are You Willing to Try a Different Kind of Funding Relationship?

SVP invests in promising nonprofits for collaborative capacity building work. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with grantees to identify projects and outcomes that advance impact and sustainability. SVP’s investment in your organization combines both a financial grant and pro bono consulting services. We believe we make a greater impact together!

The 2022 grant cycle is now closed.

All applicants will be informed of next steps by the end of September 2022. 

Check back regularly for updates on our 2023 grant cycle!  

Eligible organizations must:

      1. Primarily serve under-resourced youth (ages 12-24)
      2. Have a vision and plans for growth
      3. Demonstrate proven impact
      4. Have an action plan to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism work
      5. Value a collaborative relationship focused on building organizational capacity

We will also consider other criteria, but at a minimum each applying organization must have a full time executive director, a board of directors, and serve youth in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.

For this grant cycle, SVP is prioritizing investing in BIPOC* led nonprofits that serve the social, developmental, and/or educational needs of under-resourced youth (ages 12-24) in traditionally marginalized communities. For this grant cycle, we will be earmarking one multi-year grant for organizations that work with Indigenous youth. 

*For the sake of brevity, SVP uses the term BIPOC to indicate Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We acknowledge each individual’s right to self-identify and recognize that not all people for whom BIPOC is intended would choose to label themselves as such. SVP understands the limitations of labels and embraces both the unique and shared elements of every individual’s lived experiences.

  • The 2022 Letter of Interest Guidelines and Application can be found here: word docx and pdf .
  • The 2022 Letter of Interest Application Only can be found here: word docx and pdf.

Here is the recording and the deck from our recent grant information session.


What We Bring to the Table

General operating support. We know how critical general operating dollars are and believe you’re best positioned to decide where the grant money should be invested.

A commitment to working in partnership. We are committed to centering the voices and expertise of nonprofit grantees. We get that there’s a power dynamic in funding relationships and will do our best to mitigate that. We will collaborate to define success up front and together.

Tools and support to assess your organization. Together, we will identify outcomes and projects to address your growth potential.

Skilled volunteers (aka SVP Partners) to work collaboratively on building your organization’s capacity and sustainability.

What We’ll Ask of You

A willingness to take a hard look at your organization, and to share challenges and opportunities openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.

Flexibility and openness to working with volunteers who have varied professional backgrounds and are invested in your success.

A commitment to calling us out when something isn’t working for you. That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships and mutual learning.

A work plan and progress check-ins to hold ourselves accountable to achieving defined outcomes.

We’re not going to lie. We ask a lot of our grantees. (We call you Investees, because we are invested in your impact and in the youth you serve.). And we’re not perfect. Our model is not right for all organizations, or for all stages of organizational development. But when the fit and timing are right, our Investees say it’s worth every ounce of effort!

Interested? Stay tuned for all the details about eligibility, deadlines and what you can expect. If you don’t receive our grant announcements and would like to be added to the list, please email info@svpmn.org.

Contact info@svpmn.org or call 612.440.1804.