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Grant Competitions

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) holds two nationwide grant competitions: SIF Classic and SIF Pay For Success (PFS)

SIF Classic 

There is currently no open competition to select Classic grantees.

The SIF Classic grant competition awards funds to eligible grantmaking institutions or partnerships to run open competitions to select, fund, support, and evaluate community-based nonprofits seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities nationwide.

Awards will be made to implement projects in one of two approaches: 

  • Identify a community problem to address and an innovative, evidence-based solution; select high-performing nonprofits to implement that solution
  • Identify a community problem and select high-performing nonprofits that have developed or implemented their own innovative, evidence-based solution to address the problem

Each selected recipient intermediary organization will be awarded between $1 million and $10 million annually over the five year project period and will match every federal dollar of the grant award. Every grant dollar must be matched by intermediaries of this program and by the subgrantees they select.  At least 80 percent of awarded federal funds must be invested in subgrantee programs.

Selection of Classic Subgrantees

The SIF Classic intermediaries hold open competitions to identify high-performing nonprofit organizations working in low-income communities that have innovative solutions with evidence of compelling results. To view a list of our intermediaries open competitions, visit the SIF Classic Subgrantee Competitions page.

SIF Pay for Success

There is currently no open competition to select PFS grantees.

The SIF PFS grant competition awards funds to experienced social finance institutions or government entities in order to run open competitions to select, fund, and support eligible nonprofit organizations and state and local governments seeking to enhance the capacity and readiness of implementing Pay for Success projects that produce measurable outcomes in low-income communities across the country. 

Selection of PFS Subgrantees and Subrecipients

The SIF Pay for Success grantees hold open competitions to identify nonprofit organizations, and state and local governments ready to engage in high-quality PFS projects in low-income communities across the country. To view a list of our intermediaries open competitions, visit the SIF Pay for Success Subgrantee Competitions page.

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