Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success


The Pay for Success program aims to increase investments in effective social interventions by changing the way government allocates and invests its resources-focusing on results and outcomes. The Pay for Success Grant Competition seeks to encourage the implementation of Pay for Success strategies in order to enhance the reach and impact of innovative community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act, 31 U.S.C. 6301-6308
National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610, 42 U.S.C. 12653k , Statute 123 ,1565-1571
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
From 60 to 90 days. CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funding can be used to advance and test emerging Pay for Success models, which are often structured to align government or private sector payments for social services with verified social outcomes. Awards should be used in areas aligned with Social Innovation Fund's priorities: Youth Development, Economic Opportunity, and Healthy Futures.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: CNCS and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
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. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 100%. See program’s Notice of Federal Funding.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three or more years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D.
250 E Street, SW
Washington , DC 20525 US
Phone: 202-606-6939
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17 FY 16$10,000.00; - No new grants will be made.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for information on literature.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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