The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced new Social Innovation Fund grants totaling $42 million to grantmakers with strong track records of success in expanding the impact of high-impact organizations that are improving the lives of people in low-income communities.
Now three years old, the fund awarded two-year grants of $2 million each to four grantmaking organizations active in the areas of youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures. They are the GreenLight Fund, which will use its SIF grant to work with local communities in the Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Bay areas to support national programs designed to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income youth; Twin Cities Strive, which will work in partnership with the Greater Twin Cities United Way to provide support for a strong portfolio of replicable, evidence-based youth programs serving students of all ages in the region; the John A. Hartford Foundation, which will work to expand an evidence-based program for treating depression in rural communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming; and the Capital Area United Way, which will work to build early childhood initiatives that improve the readiness of school-age children in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
In addition, SIF awarded $33.9 million to seven current SIF grantees to continue their work in tackling some of the nation's most urgent needs. They include the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the Center for Economic Opportunity, New Profit, Jobs for the Future, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, AIDS United, and the Missouri Foundation for Health.
"The Social Innovation Fund invests in proven programs that are helping young people succeed in school, improving the health of underserved populations, and helping people find jobs and increase economic security," said CNCS chief executive Wendy Spencer. "This is a smart approach that leverages private investment to expand programs that work, and I congratulate these grantees for rising to the top in a tough competition."