Topic: Grantees & Impact Investees

What are the requirements of becoming an SV2 Grantee or Impact Investee?

SV2 Grantees must have a presence in the Bay Area, and must be in our funding areas – currently Education, International Development, Environment, At-Risk Youth, and Economic Opportunity/Employment. Generally, SV2 Grantees have a budget between $250K – $2M.

SV2 Impact Investees can be based anywhere, though are typically domiciled in the U.S. Investees must have social impact baked into their model. We typically invest in early-stage companies.

How do I apply for a grant or investment through SV2?

If you are interested in submitting your organization for consideration, please fill out this form, and we will include your organization in our database. If a potentially synergistic opportunity arises, we will contact you.

What does the SV2 grant/investment application process look like?

Grantees: All SV2 funding decisions are made by current SV2 Partners in collaborative grant/investment rounds. Once you are invited to submit a letter of interest, an SV2 Partner will reach out to notify you about the status of your application. If you continue to the application stage, you will be asked to submit a brief application and supplemental materials. As the field of applicants is narrowed, you may be invited to speak to our Partners and/or have a site visit. For more information, visit this page.

Investees: Once you submit an interest form, SV2 Partners will reach out if there is a potentially synergistic opportunity. You may be invited to submit additional materials and speak to a group of SV2 Partners.

How much does SV2 invest in its Grantees or Impact Investees?

In Classic Grant Rounds, SV2 makes three-year grants of up to $150,000/year. In our new Lightning Grant Rounds, which are shorter and require limited time of applicants, SV2 makes one-time grants of between $20,000 – $50,000/year.

Impact Investments in early stage, impact focused companies are typically between $25,000 – $100,000.