Social Innovation Fund

To grow the impact of innovative community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

Direct resources toward increasing the evidence-base-capacity and scale of the organizations SIF funds in order to improve

the lives of people served by those organizations.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 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.

SIF awards are focused on improving measurable outcomes in the following priority areas:
? Economic Opportunity ? Increasing the economic opportunities and financial stability for economically disadvantaged individuals and families
? Youth Development ? Preparing America?s 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
? Healthy Futures ? Improving health outcomes, promoting healthy lifestyles and decreasing health disparities that disproportionately affect low-income communities.

SIF competitively selects experienced grant-making institutions (recipients) to do the critical work of identifying promising solutions to community problems and selecting high-performing nonprofit community organizations (subrecipients) on a competitive basis.

To be awarded funding, intermediaries must demonstrate:
?they have advanced beyond the beginning stages, are showing signs of effectiveness and have the potential for greater scale (larger programmatic and scaling dollars are awarded to programs that show higher levels of evidence and have the potential for greater impact); also must have at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness and then undergo rigorous, independent, formal evaluations
?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
?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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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 $ 3,086,243   2016-09-012020-12-31
United Way For Southeastern Michigan $ 4,150,273   2016-09-012020-12-31
United Way Of Central Indiana Inc $ 6,659,038   2016-09-012020-12-31
Local Initiatives Support Corporation $ 11,342,400   2015-08-012020-12-31
Nebraska Children & Families Foundation $ 1,906,532   2015-08-012020-07-31
Youthprise $ 2,724,353   2015-08-012020-07-31
Aarp Foundation $ 3,000,000   2015-08-012020-07-31
Methodist Healthcare Ministries Of South $ 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

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

SIF funds are competitively awarded to existing intermediary organizations, grant-making institutions, or grant-making partnerships (recipients) to do the critical work of identifying promising solutions to community problems.

Recipients will competitively select high-performing nonprofit community organizations (subrecipients) working to address priority issues in low-income communities across the nation.

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.


SIF recipients are required to raise match funds equal to the grant they receive. The match must be in cash from non-federal sources. At the time of application, the SIF applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet 50 percent of their first year cash match requirement. Subrecipients also will be required to match 100 percent of the grant they receive from the recipient in cash from non-federal sources. A signed match documentation letter, either in digital or physical form, to be sent to the program on or before the application deadline. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more detailed information. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on the application procedures.

Award Procedures

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on the award procedure.


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


National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, Public Law 101-610, 42 U.S.C 12653k; Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act, 31 U.S.C 6301-6308.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on the approval process.


CNCS does not offer an appeals process.


This is a grant and cooperative agreement program with up to 5 year awards.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. All grants to intermediaries and subsequent subgrants to subgrantees must be matched 1:1 (100%) by the recipient of the grant or subgrant using non-federal, unrestricted cash. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on match requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements. Not Applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The SIF awards are made to intermediaries for up to periods of 5 years, but funded annually. If a grantee is awarded $5 million in an upcoming competition, then that amount will be awarded for the first year of the overall grant period. Grantees will be eligible for further annual funding contingent on the availability of appropriations, compliance with grant conditions (including having secured cash matching funds), and satisfactory performance. Subsequent years of funding for the same program are funding via continuation, rather than competitive, grants. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Annual award for a period of up to 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance Progress Reports and Federal Financial Reports.

Please see the Notice of Federal Funding for additional information on program reports.

Cash management reports are required.

CNCS uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting.

CNCS electronically collects Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) in the eGrants system.

Separately, quarterly cash reports are electronically collected by the HHS Payment Management System.

Federal Financial Reports are required as specified in the grant award provisions.

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.


Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-2728-1-2-000 - Operating Funds.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $40,000,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No new grants will be made.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information related to literature.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Not Applicable.

Headquarters Office

Patricia L Carpenter 250 E Street, SW Room 3262C, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 202-606-6895

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information related to the selection criteria.

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