Building Opportunity and Inclusivity through the Performing Arts – Lightning Grant Round Meeting #2

Engagement with the performing arts can inspire individual growth, build community, and expand opportunity. This Lightning Grant Round (LGR) will focus on Bay Area arts organizations that use participation and exposure to performing arts disciplines to build opportunity and create inclusivity for low-income, underserved, or vulnerable communities. SV2 Partners Ellen Lussier, JoAnne Tillemans, and Lisa Jones are co-leading this LGR.

This sounds amazing! What will I do and how can I sign up?

Partners will review and select from a group of six Bay Area organizations nominated by our generous Funder Ally and Grant Round Financial Sponsor, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Partners will vote on 3 organizations to become finalists.

  • Meeting 1 (meet and get to know our three finalist organizations): Wednesday, October 30th 11:30-2pm. Lunch provided.
  • Meeting 2 (Partners discuss our three finalist organizations and vote on Grantee): Wednesday, November 13th 11:30-2pm. Lunch provided.

To vote, Partners must read the diligence shared about the three finalist organizations before Meeting 2 and be present in-person at Meeting 2.

Both meetings will be held at SV2 in Redwood Shores.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 7th 2019. You’ll get more details once you RSVP.

Meeting 1 is open to SV2 Partners and Prospective Partners. Meeting 2 is open to just SV2 Partners.

What is a Lightning Grant Round?

Lightning Grant Rounds are a shortened grantmaking experience, taking place over four to six weeks with only two in-person meetings. For the Lightning Rounds, SV2 collaborates with funder allies who nominate organizations from their portfolios and share their diligence materials with us. Working with funder allies relieves the burden for nonprofit applicants and allows SV2 Partners to learn how our funder allies approach their work. For this Round, we’re delighted to work with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

During Lightning Rounds, participating Partners have the opportunity to research and get to know six organizations in the sector, learn from funder allies about these organizations, hear presentations from the leaders of three finalist organizations, and collectively select a single Grantee. Lightning Round Grantees receive a one-year general operating support grant of up to $30,000, and participating Partners get to engage in a fantastic hands-on learning experience.


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