Social Innovation Fund

To support a national network of funds, led by community experts, that identify and invest in promising organizations that demonstrate impact in low-income communities.


The Corporation defines "social innovation" as the development of a potentially transformative practice or approach to
meeting critical social needs.

By investing in social innovation as a driver of results and accountability, the Federal government will play a central role in accelerating the spread of promising solutions to address our most pressing national and local challenges.

In FY 2010, SIF awards will be focused on improving measurable outcomes in the following priority areas:

Economic Opportunity - Increasing the economic opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals;


Youth Development and School Support - Preparing America s youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives; and


Healthy Futures -Promoting healthy lifestyles, and reducing the risk factors that can lead to illness.

The SIF funds will be awarded to existing intermediary organizations, which are either grantmaking institutions or grantmaking partnerships as defined in this Notice.

These intermediary organizations will award subgrants to nonprofit community organizations working to address priority issues.

To be awarded funding, intermediaries will need to demonstrate:


the ability to identify innovative solutions and successfully invest in growth and replication;


a track record of using rigorous evidence to select, invest in, and monitor the growth and progression of their grantees;


expertise and demonstrated impact in the proposed issue area(s) of focus; and


depth and breadth of relationships with stakeholders in the issue area or region of focus.



The SIF will also attract and leverage private donors to match Federal dollars, bringing new resources to support promising organizations.

The statute requires both the SIF intermediaries and their subgrantees to match their grants dollar-for-dollar, in cash, with non-Federal funding.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - None.

Not Applicable.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
North Carolina Partnership For Children, Inc., The $ 3,600,000   2016-09-012020-12-31
United Way For Southeastern Michigan $ 4,189,424   2016-09-012020-12-31
Local Initiatives Support Corporation $ 11,205,386   2015-08-012020-12-31
Nebraska Children And Families Foundation $ 1,900,263   2015-08-012020-07-31
Youthprise $ 2,599,134   2015-08-012020-07-31
Aarp Foundation $ 3,000,000   2015-08-012020-07-31
Methodist Healthcare Ministries Of South Texas, Inc. $ 16,993,482   2014-09-012019-10-31
Share Our Strength $ 9,036,343   2014-09-012019-10-31
Casey, Annie E. Foundation, Inc., The $ 4,500,000   2015-08-012019-09-30
Jobs For The Future, Inc. $ 4,836,580   2014-09-012019-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The SIF funds are awarded to existing intermediary organizations, grantmaking institutions, or grantmaking partnerships.

These intermediary organizations will award subgrants to promising nonprofit community organizations working to address priority issues in low-income communities across the country.

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov for additional information on the application procedures.

Award Procedures

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov for additional information on the award procedure.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended 42 U.S.C. 12653k , 123