Through our grantmaking programs, SIF Classic and SIF Pay for Success (PFS), we empower organizations to identify and support solutions that make an impact in transforming communities in three focus areas:
- Economic Opportunity: Increasing economic opportunities and financial stability for economically marginalized individuals and families
- Healthy Futures: Improving health outcomes, promoting healthy lifestyles, and decreasing health disparities that disproportionately affect low-income communities.
- Youth Development: Preparing children and youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives, including crime reduction initiatives focused on juvenile delinquency and victimization prevention and response.
- 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.
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.
SIF Pay for Success
- Strengthen and diversify the pipeline of government and nonprofit organizations prepared to engage in PFS projects
- Assess the potential of PFS to address a variety of social issues
- Attract capital to high-performing institutions seeking to strengthen, grow, and sustain effective solutions for challenges facing low-income communities
Administrative Data Pilot
In 2016, the SIF continued its mission to identify and grow innovative, evidence-based approaches to our nation's challenges by launching the Pay for Success (PFS) Administrative Data Pilot competition.
PFS programs face a key challenge in accessing and utilizing high quality sources of data from localities, states, and the federal government, often requiring large, one-time investments in time and money. The PFS Administrative Data Pilot responds to this challenge by investing in entities that can centralize administrative data functions and act as a resource for current and future PFS programs to access and utilize these resources in their evaluations, freeing up time and money and further strengthening the impact of public and private dollars.
In September 2016, after running an open grant competition, the SIF awarded $4.05 million to three applicants who are delivering technical assistance and data access support to PFS projects targeting the SIF's three issue areas: Economic Opportunity; Healthy Futures; and Youth Development. PFS Administrative Data Pilot grantees run open competitions to select PFS sub-recipients. Find more information about the ADP grantees by clicking on the links below.
|Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah|
|The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality/Third Sector Partners|
We awarded grants to organizations and partnerships, or “grantees” selected through a rigorous, open competition to direct resources to promising, results-oriented nonprofit organizations and state and local government entities, or “subgrantees” operating on a local level and making measurable impact.
By requiring each federal dollar be matched one-to-one by private and non-federal sources, the SIF encouraged innovative organizations to build financial partnerships with non-federal grantmakers and donors, maximizing the impact of government funding and leading to potential continued funding beyond the scope of the grant.