Social Innovation Fund

Social Innovation Fund Grantee Spotlight: Corporation for Supportive Housing

The chronically homeless population often utilize hospitals’ emergency rooms to meet their basic health care needs, not only causing public costs to skyrocket but also doing little to address the other mental and behavioral needs of this very vulnerable population.  
 
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative responds directly to one of the most pressing policy problems currently facing states and the nation as a whole: rising public spending on health care with poor health outcomes.

Cover Page of 2010-12 SIF Investment Report

Social Innovation Fund Investment Report

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that awards grants to identify, validate, and grow promising approaches to challenges facing local communities. SIF works with and through existing grantmaking institutions, or “grantmakers,” to direct resources to innovative community-based nonprofit organizations, or “subgrantees”  focused on youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.

Top Ten National Service Moments of 2013

This past year, we engaged millions of Americans in high-impact service, meeting pressing needs in communities across the nation. Working hand in hand with thousands of local partners, our members and volunteers improved lives, expanded economic opportunity, and strengthened communities. As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite national service moments.

Federal Agency Awards Nearly $40 Million to Strengthen & Expand Innovative Community Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (All day)
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $39.9 million in continuation funding for 10 current Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantees, strengthening the agency’s investment in local nonprofits that are best positioned to transform lives and communities. These funds allow recipients to meet and exceed program goals, expand reach, and execute rigorous evaluation models.

“Instead of wasting taxpayer money on programs that are obsolete or ineffective, government should be seeking out creative, results-oriented programs … and helping them replicate their efforts across America.” – President Obama (June 30, 2009).

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) makes grant awards of between $1 million and $10 million per year for five years to grantmaking intermediaries, selected through a rigorous, open competition. Intermediaries match their federal grants dollar-for-dollar and host open, evidence-based competitions to select nonprofits implementing innovative program models. Selected nonprofits receive awards of at least $100,000 per year for three to five years and must also secure dollar-for-dollar matching funds.

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