Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Upcoming Social Innovation Fund Opportunities

On July 22, 2010, the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded SIF grants to 11 organizations. The intermediaries are to sub-grant to non-profit community organizations. The grants are address urgent needs in three key issue areas – economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development and school support.

National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future
Support for Regional Funding Collaboratives for Workforce Development – New Communities in South and Southwestern United States. This Request for Proposals invites applications from regional funding collaborative that are committed to supporting sectoral workforce partnerships that both improve career advancement opportunities for lower-skilled individuals and address employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. A notice of intent to apply is due December 3, 2010 and proposals on January 7, 2010. Click here for more information.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Center for Economic Opportunity
The Mayor’s Fund is seeking qualified non-profit organizations or state or local government agencies in partner cities to become MF SIF providers and operate particular program models that will be evaluated over five years. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be released in late September and October by MF to support the replication of five innovative programs in the following geographic areas: New York City, Kansas City, MO; Memphis, TN; Newark, NJ; Northeast Ohio; San Antonio, TX; Savannah, GA; Tulsa, OK. For more information, click here.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation will grant $10 million in SIF funds and $10 million in matching funds from our endowment to 8-10 high-performing, youth-serving nonprofits in 2011. EMCF is particularly interested in programs that can benefit philanthropically underserved communities, including rural areas. a geographic priority is being initially placed on nonprofits seeking to expand in communities of need in North Carolina and South Carolina, Oklahoma and California. In these states, The Duke Endowment, George Kaiser Family Foundation and Tipping Point Community have committed $15 million over three years to help EMCF's SIF grantees that meet their own grantmaking criteria fulfill their matching requirement. Open Society Foundations has made a similar commitment of $2 million. Notice of Intent to Apply are due on October 25, 2010 and Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2010. For more information, click here.

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