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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas Grant

In-Kind Grants of Consulting Services to Dallas, Texas Nonprofits
and For-Profits to Build Capacity and Impact the Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas

Deadline Date:

03/08/19 5:00 PM CST


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In-kind grants of consulting services to Dallas, Texas nonprofit and for-profit organizations to improve their effectiveness and build capacity through a long-term partnership with the funding source. Funding is intended to help social impact organizations with capacity building, including human resources, financial management, communications, and board governance.

SVP represents a diverse group of individual donors (“Partners”) – business people, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders – who combine skills, resources and networks to help organizations succeed. SVP Dallas will review applications that wish to be “Advisees.” If selected, these Advisees will receive pro-bono consulting through through one short-term capacity building project. SVP partners provide advisees with strategic advice and coaching on the most important challenges or opportunities. After one project is complete, additional projects may be initiated based upon the advisee’s needs and SVP’s fit and capacity. Typically, advisees will stay in the portfolio for no more than one year. After one or more advisee project is completed, SVP Dallas and the advisee will determine if it is appropriate for the advisee to apply to become an “investee.” Along with additional pro bono consulting over an extended period, investees also receive financial grants. SVP Dallas will consider making a financial grant or investment only to social impact organizations that are selected as advisees and complete one successful capacity-building project.

For Advisees, SVP seeks organizations that can benefit from and are willing to embrace a partnership that includes hands-on involvement by SVP Dallas Partners, regular self-reflection, and measurement of results.

Examples of project support include:
- Strategic and Business Planning
- Executive Coaching
- Leadership Development
- Governance and Board Development
- Financial Management
- Marketing
- Development
- Technology Infrastructure
- Operational Reviews
- Marketing, strategic planning, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143709

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 prize for best pitch.

Along with additional pro bono consulting over an extended period, investees also receive financial grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

SVP believes they have the greatest opportunity to impact working with organizations that have:
- A shared understanding of the importance of building internal organizational capacity to achieve their mission;
- A clearly articulated mission for the organization’s programs and infrastructure;
- Strong, stable and committed leadership;
- The internal capacity (staff, board & financial resources) to embrace an SVP partnership, which includes regular self-assessment, working with volunteers, and committing to reviewing documents and materials relevant to project work;
- A track record of successful collaboration and/or partnership, indicating the organization’s ability to embrace and benefit from SVP’s mentorship and other in-kind services, as well as SVP’s financial support;
- Proven results indicating the desire to expand, replicate or otherwise leverage success by addressing root causes of major community issues
- Specific internal organizational challenges that currently prevent achievement of their full potential.

Pre-Application Information:

Apply online by March 8, 2019, 5:00 PM (CST).

- February 6, 2019: Applications Open
- March 8, 2019: Applications due by 5 PM
- Week of March 25: Applicants notified for site visits
- Week of April 15: Applicants invited to present their organization and project at Spark Tank, where SVP partners will select advisees and the winner of a cash prize.

Following your application, the selection committee of Partners will review the applications and select the organizations that will move on to the next round, which entails site visits and conversations with the CEO, Executive Director and/or member(s) of the board. If you are chosen for a site visit, the visits will take place from mid-March through mid-April (depending on schedules). Then, you will receive notification as to whether you’ve been selected as a finalist during the week of April 15.

The organizations selected as finalists will present a fast-pitch style pitch at our annual Spark Tank. At the event, SVP partners will use the pitch to determine 1) which social impact projects they will sign up to work on, and 2) which organization will win a $2,500 prize for best pitch.

Please note: all finalist organizations selected for Spark Tank are fully vetted and eligible to become advisees. Selection of advisees will be based on partners volunteering for the projects that most align with partners’ skills and interests. As such, the pitch at Spark Tank will be crucial!

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Contact Information:
Prisma Garcia, Director of Capacity Building
Phone: 214.855.5520

12900 Preston Road
Suite 1220
Dallas, TX 75230

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Dallas

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