Feedback Requested on Social Innovation Fund

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Officials developing the newly appropriated Social Innovation Fund – a $50 million Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) initiative to support nonprofit innovation – are inviting feedback from the field on a draft Notice of Funds Available for the fiscal 2010 program.

CNCS is looking for input on specific aspects of the Social Innovation Fund, including its treatment of low-income, rural and “significantly philanthropically underserved” communities. “Specifically,” officials say in the Notice, “the Corporation is interested in viewpoints on how specific geographic areas can be identified as ‘low-income communities,’ including an appropriate threshold to include in the approach the Corporation has initially adopted in this Notice.”

The community service agency also wants to know how best to hold the fund grantees – intermediaries and eligible partnerships running programs that help youth succeed in school and other projects – accountable for their performance.

Feedback is invited until Jan. 15, after which applications will be invited. Consult the notice to learn more about the program and for feedback-submission instructions.