SIF Classic Subgrantee Competitions

In August 2016 the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the winners of its 2016 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Classic grant competition. The grants totaling $21 million will support youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy outcomes for youth and low-income families across the country.

Over the first six to eight months after receiving a SIF grant award, SIF Classic grantees hold open competitions to select community-based organizations to receive subgrants of at least $100,000 for periods of three to four years to expand their reach to impact more people.  Please review the descriptions below of 2016 Classic grantees and visit their websites to learn more about their public-private partnership with the SIF. Click here or scroll down to see details on open subgrantee competitions. 

  • Friends of the Children (FOTC) 
    The FOTC program employs professional mentors as “Friends” to children starting in kindergarten and continuing to high school graduation, leading to improved outcomes for at-risk low-income and foster care children. FOTC will select five to seven subrecipients across the US to expand its impact to serve more than 600 additional children.

  • The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC)
    The Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children Initiative will deepen its impact on the communities served through improved health outcomes and decreased health disparities among children from birth to age five in childcare. NCPC will competitively select approximately eight subrecipients in North Carolina to grow Shape NC even further. 

  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM)
    The SIF grant will expand the impact of UWSEM’s Bib to Backpack initiative, which builds a parenting continuum that recruits, engages, and empowers parents to improve family self-efficiency and parenting skills. UWSEM will select four to six subrecipients to expand Bib to Backpack, strengthen connections between programs, and increase childhood outcomes in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Michigan including the cities of Detroit and Pontiac.

  • United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)
    The Great Families initiative will address key factors that impact family stability, such as finances, employment, education and health, through a two-generation model that serves the whole family. UWCI will select up to eight subrecipients to provide integrated neighborhood based Family Economic Success (FES) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) services to at least 1,000 families.

Open SIF Classic Subgrantee Competitions

SIF Grantee
Competition Description
Friends of the Children (FOTC)

The Goal of this Competition is to identify 3-5 additional high-performing organizations as subgrantees to grow Friends of the Children’s impact by replicating the Friends of the Children Model.

Target Geography: National

Issue Area: Youth Development

Letters of Interest/Proof of Funding Secured (Optional, but strongly encouraged): June 30, 2017 by 5:00 PM PST

Applications Due: August 31, 2017 by 5:00 PM PST

United Way of Central Indiana

This competition is open to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit human service organizations currently serving or with the capacity to serve one or more targeted low-income urban neighborhoods in Indianapolis

Target Geography: Indianapolis, IN, preference given to submissions targeting the city's Near Westside, Northeast, Northwest/Midtown, and Far Eastside

Issue Area: Youth Develeopment, Economic Opportunity

Bidder's Conference at UWCI Headquarters: April 11, 2017, 3:00-5:00 PM EST

Bidder's Conference at UWCI Headquarters: April 13, 2017, 3:00-5:00 PM EST

Letters of Intent Due (Optional, but strongly encouraged): May 1, 2017

Technical Assistance Session at UWCI Headquarters: May 1, 2017, 2:00 PM EST

Technical Assistance Session at UWCI Headquarters: May 24, 2017, 9:00 AM EST

Applications Due: May 31, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

In Fall 2016, UWSEM issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking partners to implement its Bib to Backpack award. Four partner agencies were awarded funding beginning April 1, 2017. This RFQ seeks to enhance this network by identifying one (1) or two (2) additional partners that will complement the current strategy by bridging the parenting continuum and the children’s healthcare system.

Target Geography: Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties, Michigan

Issue Area: Healthy Futures, Youth Development

Pre-proposal RFQ Workshop (mandatory): June 30, 2017, 10:00 AM CST

Applications Due: July 14, 2017 by 5:00 PM CST


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