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.

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; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
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
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
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 Funding Opportunity for additional information on the application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on the award procedure.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information on the approval process.
Not applicable.
This is a grant and cooperative agreement program with up to 5 year awards.
How are proposals selected?
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information related to the selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Annual award for a period of up to 5 years.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not Applicable
Headquarters Office
Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D.
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 US
Phone: 202-606-6939
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$40,000,000.00; - No new grants will be made.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information related to literature.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 $37 million in awards


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