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Grants and In-Kind Consulting to Boulder County, Colorado Nonprofits for Capacity Building


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USA: Colorado

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Boulder County Grants

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Boulder County, Inc.

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #165904

Grant Description

Grants expected to range from $35,000 to $75,000 and in-kind consulting services to Boulder County, Colorado nonprofit organizations to build capacity. Mandatory information sessions will be held on December 15 and January 4. Support will be given for capacity building consulting, education, coaching, and a cash grant to build organizational strength and sustainability.

The Foundation provides the selected organizations with pro bono consulting services valued between $150,000 and $225,000 over a three-year period. The Foundation seeks to support organizations that will benefit from a long-term relationship with SVP Boulder County.

Consultations are offered in numerous areas, including strategy and planning, management, outcomes measurement and program evaluation, human resources, replication and expansion, information technology, finance and accounting, boards and governance, marketing and communications, legal, fundraising, earned income, social enterprise, and board and leadership development.

It is the intent of SVP to establish long-term partnerships with investees (typically lasting 3 years). SVP will provide varying levels of volunteer and financial resources over the life of its relationship with an investee and cash grants are specifically intended to be ‘in service of’ the time and energy it takes to work on capacity building.

The first year of funding provides an opportunity to learn about each other and begin our work on capacity building projects. Over year two, the SVP/investee partnership is strengthened and capacity building efforts move forward in earnest. By the final year of investment, SVP anticipates a focus on sustainability for the investee. Funding levels mirror this changing relationship. In general, an investee with a three-year relationship with SVP may expect to receive between $35,000 and $75,000 in funding.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will give strong preference to nonprofits serve pressing needs in Boulder County that have the following features:

-Nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored
-At least 50% of services must be provided in Boulder County
-Budget at $200,000 or more
-A paid staff of three or more (may be part-time)
-A board of six or more members
-In a growth, mature, or turnaround stage (no start-ups)
-Applicant attends one of SVP’s Information Sessions
-Applicant is in need of and committed to incorporating SVP volunteer support to build and strengthen their organization’s internal capacity
-Applicant is committed to using outcomes measurement/evaluation
-Applicant has strong and passionate leadership, demonstrating qualities of a social entrepreneur

Pre-proposal Conference:

Organizations interested in submitting a LOI must attend one of the following two Investment Information Sessions:

December 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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January 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM
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Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for Prospective:

-December and January: Info Sessions at Impact Hub Boulder. Attendance at one is required.

-January 8, 2016, 4:00 PM: Letters of Inquiry Due

-February 2, 2016: All applicants notified of finalist results. Three finalists will be selected.

-February, 2016: Prospective investee finalists complete SVP Capacity Assessment Tool

-March, 2016: Full Proposals Due from Finalists (based on Colorado Common Grant App)

-March, 2016: Two reps from SVP attend part of each finalist’s board meeting

-April, 2016: Site Visits (scheduled individually)

-May 16, 2016: SVP selects one new investee. Finalists notified of investment decisions.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

SVP will most likely select one new investee to work with in 2016/17 and re-invest in three organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In-Kind Consulting Services: Valued at $150,000 - $225,000.
Funding: $35,000 - $75,000.

Term of Contract:

SVP makes initial single-year awards with the intent of establishing longer-term partnerships with its investees (typically lasting 3 years).

At the end of each year of support, the program and organizational outcomes and relationship potential with each investee are re-evaluated for further support. (Re- investment for up to three years is likely but not automatic.)

Contact Information:

Jennie Arbogash

Social Venture Partners Boulder County, Inc.
1877 Broadway, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80302

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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