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GEO launched the Scaling What Works initiative in 2010 to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders who are working together to broaden the impact of high-performing nonprofits. From 2010 to 2013, GEO hosted conferences and skill-building workshops, facilitated networking and peer learning opportunities, and offered tools and resources to connect grantmakers to the practices that help their grantees plan, adapt, and grow their impact.
The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced a Notice of Funding Availability of up to $65.8 million for the Social Innovation Fund’s 2014 competition. This is the largest grant pool in the history of the program, a key White House initiative launched in 2009. The Social Innovation Fund accepts applications from foundations and other grantmakers seeking to grow innovative, effective solutions in low-income communities in the U.S.
Applications are due April 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Successful applicants will be notified in August 2014. Learn more about the 2014 competition, find answers to frequently asked questions and apply here.
Webinar: Overview of the 2014 Social Innovation Fund Competition
Interested in applying to the Social Innovation Fund? Learn about what’s new at the SIF and hear about this year’s competition from SIF Director Michael Smith.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 1-877-668-4490
Access code: 621 838 115
The Social Innovation Fund has brought new attention to the ways in which private and public sector funders can pool limited resources to yield greater impact for communities throughout the country. Through a series of interviews with SIF intermediaries and others in the GEO community, and research on SIF-funded projects, GEO’s Scaling What Works initiative has captured valuable lessons about effective partnerships to share with the broader philanthropic community. Read the latest guides (published in early-2014), in our Lessons Learned from the Social Innovation Fund series — "Investing for Impact: Building the Capacity and Infrastructure of High-Performing Nonprofits" and "The Promise and Pitfalls of Local and National Funder Collaborations" — and access the entire collection here. Other topics in the series include collaborative funding and running open and competitive grant competitions.
Grantmakers support movements in diverse and often interconnecting ways, from providing decades-long general operating grants to conducting public opinion research to offering community leadership development fellowships. GEO’s November 2013 conference, Supporting Movements: A grantmakers gathering on collaborative approaches for social change, brought together more than 200 funder and nonprofit leaders from a diverse range of social change efforts for honest and open dialogue about their experiences (both positive and challenging) with movement building as a strategy to grow impact. Access plenary session videos, blog posts, session summaries, graphic recordings and more on our conference highlights page.
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