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SIF Classic

Through the SIF Classic Program , the SIF makes grants to experienced grantmaking institutions that are well-positioned within communities to identify the most promising programs. They guide them towards greater impact and stronger evidence of success.

The SIF's Classic program combined public and private resources to grow the impact of community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving lives.

  • Grants range from $1-$10 million annually for up to five years.
  • Grantees match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar and hold open competitions to identify community-based organizations working in low-income communities that have innovative solutions with evidence of compelling results:
  • At least 80 percent of awarded federal funds must be invested in subgrantee programs.
  • Organizations must also match the funds they receive, and participate in rigorous evaluations of the impact of their programs.
  • The SIF and its grantees share data, lessons learned and results – helping to build the capacity of the social sector and lift-up solutions that can transform lives and communities.

Current Grantees

SIF's Classic grantees are actively investing in high-impact solutions across the country. Grants are awarded to intermediary grantmaking organizations implementing programs in three focus areas: economic opportunity, youth development, and healthy futures. Intermediaries are selected to receive funding through a competitive process conducted with openness and transparency.

AARP Foundation (2014)

AARP Foundation (2015)

AIDS United
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Boston Foundation
Capital Impact Partners
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Friends of the Children
Greater Twin Cities United Way, in partnership with Generation Next
GreenLight Fund
Jobs for the Future, Inc. - National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Jobs for the Future, Inc. - Opportunity Works
The John A. Hartford Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (2010)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (2015)
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (2010) 
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (2015)
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
New Profit, Inc
The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.
REDF (2010)
REDF (2015)
Share Our Strength
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
United Way for Southeastern Michigan (2011)
United Way for Southeastern Michigan (2016)
United Way of Central Indiana
United Way of Greenville County
United Way of Lane County
US Soccer Foundation
Venture Philanthropy Partners

To view a complete list of past and current SIF grantees, visit the Funded Organizations page.

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