SVP Connecticut Announces Call for Grant Applications

Posted by Camille Guthrie on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Seeking CT's Most Innovative and Impactful Organizations Engaged in Solving the Opportunity Gap

Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP Connecticut), a venture philanthropy fund, is accepting Letters of Interest for investment through an online application.  The submission deadline is Monday, October 16. 

Organizations that have an effective strategy and model that materially impacts the Opportunity Gap in the areas of education and workforce development are invited to apply.  Cross-sector initiatives to provide employment or educational opportunities to disadvantaged families are also supported.  

SVP Connecticut is a program and field of interest fund of Fairfield County's Community Foundation, but applications are not restricted to organizations within Fairfield County.   Using a venture philanthropy model, SVP Connecticut provides innovative organizations operating in Connecticut with multi-year grants of up to $25,000 annually for up to 3 years, and pro bono strategic consulting and advisory services. 

The members of SVP Connecticut, called Partners, seek to help organizations who align with SVP's mission to close the Opportunity Gap to scale their programs and organization structure to reach more people in Connecticut.  SVP Partners engage with staff and board members to help achieve shared goals, increase business effectiveness, and improve the impact of services delivered.  This combination of SVP Connecticut Partners' professional skills and expertise, along with financial support, produces long-term impact for the Investees.  

Information Session for Prospective Applicants  

An information session about SVP Connecticut's innovative philanthropy model and investment criteria for the 2017 grant program will be held on Thursday, September 28, 3:30-5:00pm in the East Campus Forum of Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  Leaders of organizations interested in submitting a Letter of Interest are strongly encouraged to attend.  An online information session will be held on Monday, October 2, 1:00-2:30pm for those unable to attend the September 28.  

Advance registration for the information sessions is required.  Registration information as well as SVP Connecticut's criteria, investment structure,  and eligibility parameters can be found on SVP Connecticut's website ( . 


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