This is an exciting time for the Social Innovation Fund. In a few months, SIF will celebrate its five year anniversary, and yesterday, they launched their fourth funding competition! Thanks to a substantial increase in this fiscal year’s appropriations, the Social Innovation Fund will invest $65.8 million in award funds to grantmaking institutions that are ready to disrupt the status quo.
I’ve been a grant reviewer for SIF and been nothing but impressed by this amazing funding stream.
If you are a grantmaking institution that is serious about finding solutions that work and making them work for more people, then you should check out their Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), and start the application process today. The 2014 competition builds on nearly five years of "lessons learned" and places a special emphasis on Promise, Opportunity, and Impact.
The 2014 competition encourages applications with strong plans to expand opportunity for youth disconnected from school or work, leverage collective impact approaches, or serve America’s most vulnerable populations and underserved communities. They are serious about solutions that work, and even more serious about helping to drive impact on issues of critical national importance today.
CNCS has developed many resources to guide you in the application process all available at their NOFA information hub. In addition, they will host technical webinars to provide an overview of their priorities and answer questions about the funding opportunity. The deadline to apply for a 2014 SIF grant is April 22. Don’t delay. Get started or spread the word today!