Anniversary Grants

Anniversary Grants

Since making our first grants in late 2008, SVCF has awarded more than $90 million to over 500 local nonprofit organizations through our discretionary grantmaking program. As we embark on our 10-year anniversary, we are proud to announce a special $1 million, competitive grantmaking initiative that will award 10 grants of up to $100,000 each to deserving organizations doing the most innovative and effective work to make our region a better place.

Anniversary Grants

Two grants will be awarded to projects within each of our existing strategy areas: Building Strong Communities, Economic Security, Education, and Immigration.

  • Building Strong Communities – Involving residents in the design of their communities
  • Economic Security – Growing opportunities to save, invest and protect family wealth
  • Education – Preparing middle school students to succeed in college and career
  • Immigration – Recognizing immigrants as assets in our region

Two additional grants will be awarded to general projects increasing civic engagement and participation through creative and innovative uses of technology.

The Requests for Proposals (RFP) for each topic area will be posted below as they become available:

Upcoming grant opportunities


The intent of this special grantmaking initiative is to support new and innovative ideas aligned with our current approaches – professional development of teachers and high quality learning opportunities after school and during the summer. The initiative will also support new ideas for different approaches to helping middle school students prepare to succeed in college and career.

We are not defining this grant opportunity narrowly because we don’t want to limit applicants’ creativity. We encourage applicants to imagine what might be possible, share one of their new and innovative ideas with us, and explain how SVCF funds could help them apply that idea. It is important to note that this is a special, one-time-only grant opportunity associated with our 10-year anniversary, and this particular opportunity will not be continued in future years.

Two grant awards will be announced in April 2017. 

Anniversary Grant - Education
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Application period opens:
Feb. 13, 2017

Information session webinar:
Feb. 24, 2017

Applications due:
March 10, 2017


Two grant awards will be announced June 2017

Application period opens:
April 3, 2017

Information session webinar:
April 11, 2017 - RSVP

Applications due:
April 28, 2017

Building Strong Communities

Two grant awards will be announced August 2017

Application period opens:
June 5, 2017

Information session webinar:
June 13, 2017 - RSVP

Applications due:
June 30, 2017

Civic engagement and participation through creative/innovative uses of technology

Two grant awards will be announced October 2017

Application period opens:
July 31, 2017

Information session webinar:
Aug. 8, 2017 - RSVP

Applications due:
Aug. 25, 2017

Previous grant opportunities

Economic Security

Two grant awards announced February 2017

Application period:
Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 20, 2017

View SVCF's RFP Archive