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.

A key goal of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is to build the evaluation capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can successfully assess whether their programs are truly creating impact. The CNCS Evidence Exchange is a virtual repository of reports intended to help our grantees and other interested stakeholders find information about evidence- and research - based national service and social innovation programs.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awards grants to identify, validate, and grow promising approaches to challenges facing local communities. The SIF works with and through community-based organizations, or “grantmakers,” to direct resources to nonprofits, and state and local government entities, or “subgrantees”  focused on youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.

The operating model of the Social Innovation Fund has been explicitly designed to advance these objectives and is distinguished by the following six key elements:

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.

Social Innovation Fund grantees are actively investing in high-impact solutions across the country. Thirty-five grants have been awarded – 11 in 2010, five in 2011, four in 2012, and 15 in 2014 – to intermediary organizations implementing programs in three priority areas: economic opportunity, youth development, and healthy futures. Intermediaries were selected to receive funding for one to five years through competitive processes conducted with unparalleled openness and transparency.

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