How To Apply
#1 Check Your Eligibility
Is your organization:
- A registered 501(c)3?
- Clear of our funding restrictions?
- Located in King County, Washington?
- Focused on the environment, early childhood development, K-12 education, or out-of-school time?
#2 Check the Deadline
SVP typically has two grant cycles per year. Each cycle is focused on one of the issue areas listed above. Deadlines for our 2012-2013 cycles are below:
- Environment: Letters of inquiry due on February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM
The deadline for K-12 Education for 2013 has passed. We tentatively expect to run grant cycles in Early Childhood Education and Out of School Time issues in December 2013 and January 2014.
#3 Submit a Letter of Inquiry
Nonprofits are invited to submit letters of inquiry (LOI) during each grant cycle. Letters of inquiry are evaluated by our grant committee, using these criteria, which are also outlined in the guidelines below.
Download SVP’s 2012-2013:
- K-12 Education LOI Criteria and Guidelines (Deadline Passed)
- Environment LOI Criteria and Guidelines (Deadline February 5)
Interested in applying? Learn more about our model first! At the beginning of each grant cycle, we hold "Meet SVP" sessions for prospective grantees. These sessions cover our capacity building model and what we look for when organizations apply.
The next sessions will be on January 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM and on January 18 at 9:00 AM. You can download the presentation here. Please contact Mike Quinn with any questions. You can also check our Upcoming Events section to check for any additional sessions.
#4 Submit a Full Proposal
SVP’s grant committee reviews the letters of inquiry, selects 3-6 organizations, and invites them to submit a full proposal. Proposals are evaluated using similar criteria as outlined for the LOI.
#5 Host a Site Visit
Members of SVP’s grant committee will visit your organization. This allows them to see your work in action, get to know your staff and board, and to ask questions they might have. It also gives you a chance to ask questions of SVP.
#6 Receive a Grant
SVP’s grant committees select 2-4 Investees each year. Grants are distributed each June.
If you have questions about applying for an SVP grant, please contact Mike Quinn.