CNCS Releases $6.1 Million to Support Pay for Success Pipeline

cncslogoThe Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), names the winners of its second Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success grant competition. More than $6.1 million will pay for social services only after outcomes are verified.

Launched in 2014, the SIF Pay for Success (PFS) program is designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects, which tie funding for an intervention to its true impact in the community.

President Obama authorized the creation of the Social Innovation Fund to find solutions that work, and make them work for more people – by proving, improving and scaling effective models. SIF and its non-federal partners have invested nearly $900 million in effective community solutions since the program’s inception.

In just six years, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested more than half a billion dollars in compelling community solutions. As a result of $295 million in federal grants and more than $583 million in non-federal match commitments, the SIF has awarded 43 grants to grant making institutions supporting nearly 350 non-profits working in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Combined with SIF’s current investment of $12 million to eight PFS grantees working on feasibility and transaction structuring, this new investment of $6.1 million has the potential to lead to nearly 100 Pay for Success models across the country. SIF will also conduct a rigorous third-party evaluation of each project, sharing lessons learned at every stage. This approach will also test and address questions around the applicability and efficacy of Pay for Success as an investment model.

The new SIF Pay for Success grantees are:  

  • Harvard University Government Performance Lab: With a $2.1 million grant, the Harvard Government Performance Lab will take projects from the feasibility phase to the implementation phase for up to five Pay for Success projects. The GPL’s mission is to accelerate the pace of progress on tough social challenges by improving the way that governments procure and deliver social services.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): With a $1.3 million grant, LISC will take projects from the feasibility phase to the implementation phase for three to four service recipients. LISC will identify high-performing service providers that have demonstrated the ability to develop and operate strong evidence-based programs for PFS investment; help standardize content-specific program design and systematize contracting for the social service program; and create a body of high-quality and routinely-collected data across content areas for PFS projects.
  • Sorenson Impact Center/Social Finance, Inc.: With a grant of $2.6 million, the Sorenson Impact Center, in partnership with Social Finance, Inc., will provide advanced transaction structuring technical assistance for between four-five service recipients, bringing Pay for Success projects into development The partnership will take a proactive and comprehensive approach to help jurisdictions structure projects. This includes assisting organizations with the development of a communications and engagement strategy to support providers, funders and policymakers.

The grantees will be awarded between $600,000 and $1.3 million each, per year for the first two years of the three-year grant period. Every SIF grant dollar must be matched by the grantee with non-federal cash or in-kind match.  Communities selected for these projects will receive technical assistance services from the grantees valued between $75,000 and $400,000 per year using SIF funds. Within the next few months, all of the PFS grantees will hold open competitions to select communities in need of services.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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