Social Innovation Fund

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.

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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.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) makes grant awards of between $1 million and $10 million per year for up to 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 up to five years and must also secure dollar-for-dollar matching funds.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and other community organizations and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering.

“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).

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

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