Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results.  Since its inception in 2009, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested almost a billion dollars in compelling community solutions through its SIF Classic and SIF Pay For Success (PFS) programs.

Social Innovation Fund grantees are actively investing in high-impact solutions across the country. Forty-nine grants have been awarded (eleven grants in 2010, five grants in 2011, four grants in 2012, fourteen grants in 2014, eight grants in 2015, and seven grants in 2016) to intermediary organizations implementing programs in three priority areas: economic opportunity, youth development, and healthy futures.

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.

Private Sector Commitments to Social Innovation Fund

Investing in Innovative Community Solutions

The President and First Lady have called on our nation's foundations and philanthropists to partner with the Administration to invest in innovative, successful solutions that have the potential to grow and address the needs of more communities across the country.

Our Programs

Each year, more than 5 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities through the Corporation for National and Community Service's core programs: AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund. These programs and others, such as the Volunteer Generation Fund, support projects in six priority areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Corporation for National and Community Service Fact Sheet

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. As the nation's largest grant-maker in support of service and volunteering, CNCS engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s call-to-service initiative, United We Serve.

Social Innovation Fund General Fact Sheet

The Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, transforms lives and communities by using limited federal investment as a catalyst to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. Throughout the U.S., effective solutions to many of our major problems have been developed and are already achieving strong results. The Social Innovation Fund was founded on the fundamental idea that we can make enormous progress toward overcoming significant challenges by finding and growing the most promising of these solutions.

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