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The Social Innovation Fund Launches Third Annual Grant Competition

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Sector News

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The Corporation for National and Community Service released a press release today announcing their Social Innovation Fund 2012 Competition. SEA received the following announcement from CNCS: (full details and application here).

The Social Innovation Fund has released the Notice of Federal Funding Availability (NOFA) for its 2012 grant competition. Successful applicants will be experienced grantmakers, and each will receive grants of between $1 and $5 million per year for up to 5 years as well as technical assistance. With these resources grantees host an open grant competition for nonprofits with evidence-based program models, invest in expanding the impact of the subgrantees they select, and implement rigorous evaluations of their funded program models. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

“We know that community organizations are already implementing effective solutions to some of our toughest challenges in youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures,” said Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “This program positions the federal government to be a catalyst for change by partnering with experienced grantmakers and private funders to support and expand those solutions to help more people in more low-income communities.”

The Social Innovation Fund has made great headway in its first two years, engaging 16 intermediaries across the country who themselves have selected 150 innovative community non-profit organizations in 33 states across the U.S. and in the District of Columbia. Still, the program remains driven to engage and support additional grantees with significant potential for impact and expects to select three to six new grantees in 2012 and award $10-$15 million in funding. The remainder of the program’s appropriated funds will continue to support existing grantees and specific program-assistance activities as stipulated in the Serve America Act.

We hope that you will consider applying for a Social Innovation Fund grant, or will share this information with grantmakers that you know are committed to supporting programs that work to make a difference in communities across the country. For more information or to apply, please visit the Social Innovation Fund Web Site.

The Social Innovation Fund will host a series of technical assistance calls and webinars for applicants beginning on Thursday, February 16. Details on all the calls and webinars are below:

Introductory Conference Call with Q&A
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Call-in number: 800-369-3150; Passcode: 6611919
Replay available one hour after end of call at 888-568-0182; Passcode: 5756

Webinar on Opening an Application in eGrants
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Call-in number: 800-369-3150; Passcode: 1402639
To join webinar go to: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/j.php?ED=149704732&UID=1233714692&PW=NYzczNzBkN2E1&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
The meeting password is: 159753
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/j.php?ED=149704732&UID=1233714692&PW=NYzczNzBkN2E1&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
Telephone replay available one hour after end of call at 866-372-3812; Passcode: 5759

Evidence and Evaluation Webinar with Q&A
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Call-in number: 800-369-3150; Passcode: 4613399
To join webinar go to: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/j.php?ED=149704842&UID=1233717887&PW=NNGQ2YjM2ODQ5&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
The meeting password is: 159753
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/j.php?ED=149704842&UID=1233717887&PW=NNGQ2YjM2ODQ5&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
Telephone replay available one hour after end of call at 800-294-2498; Passcode: 5710

Final Conference Call with Q&A
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Call-in number: 800-369-3150; Passcode: 4431812
Replay available one hour after end of call at 866-434-5271; Passcode: 764
 

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