Social Innovation Fund Grant

What are the aims of the Social Innovation Fund Grant?

The Social Innovation Fund Grant aims 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, Social Innovation Fund Grant 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 Social Innovation Fund Grant will be awarded to existing intermediary organizations, which are either grant making institutions or grant making partnerships as defined in this Notice. These intermediary organizations will award sub grants to nonprofit community organizations working to address priority issues.

To be awarded funding in the Social Innovation Fund Grant, 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 Social Innovation Fund Grant will also attract and leverage private donors to match Federal dollars, bringing new resources to support promising organizations. The statute requires both the Social Innovation Fund Grant intermediaries and their sub grantees to match their grants dollar-for-dollar, in cash, with non-Federal funding.

Who are eligible to apply for the Social Innovation Fund Grant?

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

How to Apply for the Social Innovation Fund Grant?

No Credentials or documentation are required.

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

How much is the range and average of financial assistant of Social Innovation Fund Grant?

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding Availability found at www.nationalservice.gov for additional information related to the range and average of financial assistance.

Where to Send Applications for the Social Innovation Fund Grant?

Headquarters Office
Paul L. Carttar, Corporation for National and Community and Service, 1201 New York Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 606-3238
Email: pcarttar@cns.gov
Web Site Address: http://www.nationalservice.gov

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