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Capacity Building Grant

Grants and In-Kind Consulting Services to Massachusetts Nonprofits
Working to Close Opportunity Gaps in Eligible Locations

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Boston

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Deadline Date:

10/02/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 and in-kind consulting services to Massachusetts early to mid-stage nonprofit organizations that address opportunity gaps in eligible locations. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Eligible organizations are focused on finding solutions to inequitable access to resources and opportunity, including basic needs, education, and employment. Funds will benefit nonprofits serving the Greater Boston area.

Social Venture Partners Boston (SVP) fuels nonprofit success by scaling smart solutions.To help build nonprofit capacity, SVP combines grant funding and highly skilled volunteers who provide strategic counsel in areas such as: general management, leadership development, strategic and business planning, marketing and communications, finance and revenue development, board development and governance, human resource management, all with an eye towards growth and deepening impact. Over time, Grantees and Partners develop a strong, mutually beneficial partnership. 

Grantees receive funding for general operating support coupled with pro-bono consulting.

All the nonprofits SVP invests in have the potential for transformative growth and community impact. While every relationship with our Grantees is unique, there are common themes to successful SVP engagements:

  • Growth Potential: SVP Grantees have strong leadership and successful programs that meet a timely and critical need and have identified capacity building as a strategic priority. They are at an inflection point to build their organizational foundation for deeper impact.
  • Impact Potential: SVP Grantees have the potential to make significant impact in addressing the opportunity gap in Greater Boston. They are also committed to performance and outcomes measurement, whether well-developed or planned, and have an organizational culture of measuring success.
  • Committed Leadership: SVP Grantees have leaders with a deep desire and ability to guide their organizations in achieving significant growth and impact. These leaders seek thought partners, welcome SVP Partner expertise, and can commit the energy and resources needed to focus internally. They also have at least a 1-year tenure within the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140307

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grantees receive $25,000 a year in general operating support, coupled with an average of 450 hours of pro-bono consulting. Engagements are renewable annually for a total of up to three years and $75,000.

Term of Contract:

An SVP Grantee will receive multi-year support. Grantee engagements are renewable annually for a total of up to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Internal Capacity and Eligibility: To take advantage of the support offered, SVP Grantees have sufficient human and financial resources to design and implement capacity building projects while maintaining quality programming. At the same time, the organization must not be so well established that they frequently use or have regular access to other capacity building resources.

- Annual operating budgets in the $500,000 - $3 million range
- 3-4 staff at least, including a full-time ED with at least a 1-year tenure with the organization
- At least 2-3 years of programming that shows or is beginning to show evidence of impact
- An active Board that meets regularly and has well-defined roles and responsibilities
- Focused on helping close the opportunity gap in Greater Boston with solutions that address inequitable access to resources and opportunity, including basic needs, education, and employment
- Classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have an appropriate fiscal sponsor or agent

Requests for the following will not be considered: Debt reduction, endowment funds, capital campaigns, auctions or fundraising campaigns, litigation or legal expenses, land acquisition, productions or performances, conferences, re-granting dollars to other nonprofit organizations; individuals, for-profit organizations, pure sports teams, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical ability.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the process, join one of the Information Sessions by registering here:

August 18, 12-1:30 pm Virtual Information Session #1

August 24, 9-10:30 am Virtual Information Session #2

Pre-Application Information:

The completed LOI must be emailed by 5:00 PM, Friday, September 11, 2020.

Fall 2020 Grant Cycle Applicant Timeline:

- August 11, 10:00 AM: Application Released
- August 18, 12-1:30 PM: Virtual Information Session #1
- August 24, 9-10:30 AM: Virtual Information Session #2
- September 11, 5:00 PM: Application Due
- September 23: Semi-Finalists Notified
- October 2, 5:00 PM: Semi-Finalists Proposals and Attachments Due
- October 14: Finalists Notified
- October 26-30: Site Visits and Leadership Assessments
- November 11: Newest Grantee Notified

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email the completed LOI to:

SVP Boston
71 Commercial Street, #139
Boston, MA 02109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston area

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