North Fair Oaks Community Grant Round Meeting #4 – Virtual Event

This program will be held in virtual format via Zoom. The digital link will be sent via Eventbrite upon registration. In order to access the digital link, Eventbrite will require you to log in or create an account if you don’t already have one.

For help with Zoom, please see this how-to document. If you have additional questions, please contact Lucinda Brommersma, Director of Partner Engagement.

At Meeting #4, Partners will hear presentations from the Executive Directors of the three finalist organizations. Program will begin at 11:30am and will run till 2pm (note extended time to allow for three presentations + discussion — and breaks!)

The North Fair Oaks Community Grant Round — part of SV2‘s local Pathways to Opportunity focus — will look at the overlapping levers of education, workforce development, and basic needs in a particular geography: North Fair Oaks. The Grant Round is intended to help Partners learn more deeply about this particular community — SV2’s near neighbor — its history, assets, opportunities, and challenges, as well as the institutions and organizations which make up its social sector. We will engage with residents, community leaders, nonprofit leaders, school and government leaders, funders, and others who are invested in North Fair Oaks’ success.

As this is SV2’s first geographically-focused Grant Round, we are including some new elements:

  • The pool of applicant organizations will be sourced in part through direct input from community members
  • Some Grant Round meetings will take place in the community
  • A new approach to the application process: verbal “coffee chats” between small groups of Partners and nonprofit applicants will take the place of written grant applications
  • One or more “Get Proximate” experiences will help Partners deepen their learning through authentic engagement in the community
  • We plan to award two three-year grants and one finalist grant

This fall, after landscape research, the leader team and other interested Partners selected around 12 “best fit” organizations working in North Fair Oaks to receive our Letter of Interest (LOI) survey. Partners reviewed these LOIs at Meeting #2, conducted coffee chats with six organizations, selected three finalists at Meeting #3, and will now hear presentations from the three finalists at Meeting #4.

All Partners are welcome to join in the Grant Round in any way that meets their interests: to audit one or more meetings of the Grant Round, to participate in one or more of the planned Get Proximate experiences, or to participate in the full Grant Round (five meetings in total + various Get Proximate experiences). The Grant Round will run from January to May, and is led by Partners Rachel Klausner and Kwok Lau and staff member Jody Chang.

Please contact Jody Chang at with questions.


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