NC Initiative One of Federal Grant Recipents

Source: North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC)/Smart Start, Raleigh NC.
Source: North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC)/Smart Start, Raleigh NC.

Federal Agency Announces $21 Million to Expand Impact of Community Solutions that Work

Friends of the Children, the North Carolina Partnership for Children, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and United Way of Central Indiana awarded SIF grants

Released by Samantha Jo Warfield, cns.gov

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, on August 17, 2016, announced the winners of its Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Classic grant competition. The grants totaling $21 million will support youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy outcomes for youth and low-income families across the country.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact – mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results. As part of the SIF, grantees must match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar and again by the organizations they select to receive grants.

“When the Social Innovation Fund was launched, we set a goal to find solutions that work and make them work for more people,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the Social Innovation Fund. “Six years later, I am proud to see the extraordinary impact these programs are having. I am thrilled to welcome these new grantees, who are cutting edge grant-makers in social innovation, to help us continue this important work. Like all grantees at CNCS, these organizations will get things done for America, and will not only bolster local programs’ capacity to serve more individuals in need, but also provide communities with solutions that work.”

In the next several months, organizations awarded will hold an open competition to select community-based organizations to receive subgrants of at least $100,000 for periods of three to five years to expand their reach to impact more people.

“The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative program that seeks to invest in truly compelling solutions to the persistent challenges facing our communities,” said Lois Nembhard, acting director of the Social Innovation Fund at CNCS. “The winners announced today have proven track records for finding solutions that work, and we are thrilled to award them a Social Innovation Fund grant. The competition process is highly selective, and we are eager to have the opportunity to work with them to rigorously evaluate their programs and expand their high-impact work to serve more people in need.”

The SIF Classic grantees announced today are:

  • Friends of the Children The FOTC program employs professional mentors as “Friends” to children starting in kindergarten and continuing to high school graduation, leading to improved outcomes for at-risk low-income and foster care children. Over the next six months, FOTC will select five to seven subrecipients across the US to expand its impact to serve more than 600 additional children. ($4 million grant over four years)
  • The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) The Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children Initiative will deepen its impact on the communities served through improved health outcomes and decreased health disparities among children from birth to age five in childcare. Over the next six months, NCPC will competitively select approximately eight subrecipients in North Carolina to grow Shape NC even further. ($4 million grant over four years) The organization’s announcement is included below.
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM
    The SIF grant will expand the impact of UWSEM’s Bib to Backpack initiative, which builds a parenting continuum that recruits, engages, and empowers parents to improve family self-efficiency and parenting skills. Over the next six months, UWSEM will select four to six subrecipients to expand Bib to Backpack, strengthen connections between programs, and increase childhood outcomes in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Michigan including the cities of Detroit and Pontiac. ($6 million grant over four years)
  • United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)The Great Families initiative will address key factors that impact family stability, such as finances, employment, education and health, through a two-generation model that serves the whole family. Over the next six months UWCI will select up to eight subrecipients to provide integrated neighborhood based Family Economic Success (FES) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) services to at least 1,000 families. ($7 million grant over three years)

Since its inception in 2009, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested almost a billion dollars in compelling community solutions.  In 2014 the SIF launched its’ Pay for Success program to reinforce its commitment to supporting innovative solutions and changing how public and private sector investors allocate philanthropic resources.  The SIF portfolio includes 46 awards to grantees who have selected over 458 nonprofit organizations to grow and further evaluate proven solutions to our nation’s challenges in 46 states and the District of Columbia.  In total, as a result of $295 million in federal grants, more than $627 million in non-federal match commitments has been leveraged.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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Smart Start Receives New Federal Grant to Fight Early Childhood Obesity

Released by Heather Strickland, smartstart.org

On August 16, 2016, the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC)/Smart Start announced that it has received a federal grant from the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service totaling $4 million for four years to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight and ready to learn.

These funds will mobilize public and private support for Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children Initiative. Shape NC, an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation and NCPC created in 2010, assists communities across the state to promote healthy eating and active play among North Carolina’s youngest children, from birth through age five.  The initiative works with child care programs to instill healthy behaviors early on, creating a solid foundation for a healthy life.

“Shape NC is working in 213 child care programs impacting over 10,000 children across our state and the results are already impressive,” stated Cindy Watkins, President of NCPC. “Communities are coming together to build outdoor learning environments that promote exercise and children are eating vegetables right out of their own gardens. We are grateful for this funding that will allow us to reach more communities, teachers and children.”

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact – mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results. As part of the SIF, NCPC must match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar and again by the organizations selected to receive grants. NCPC’s federal grant will leverage approximately $4 million in private funds.

“The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative program that seeks to invest in truly compelling solutions to the persistent challenges facing our communities,” said Lois Nembhard, acting director of the Social Innovation Fund at CNCS. “NCPC and Smart Start have a proven track record for finding solutions that work, and CNCS is thrilled to award them a Social Innovation Fund grant. The competition process is highly selective, and we are eager to have the opportunity to work with NCPC to expand their high-impact work to serve more children in North Carolina.”

“This investment of federal dollars reemphasizes how critical this work of starting during the earliest years with healthy behaviors and lifestyles is to our local communities, our state and our entire nation,” stated Kathy Higgins, President of the BCBSNC Foundation, which has been the primary funder of Shape NC to date. “The partnership between NCPC and the BCBSNC Foundation has had a tremendous impact on the health and lives of not only our youngest children, but also their families and teachers. This generous commitment will strengthen the foundation for success for even more of our future leaders.”

In the next several months, NCPC will hold an open competition to select community-based organizations serving young children at the 200 percent or below federal poverty to receive subgrants of at least $100,000 for periods of three to five years. The selected organizations will expand their reach to impact more people and will participate in evaluations to continue learning what works.

Since its inception in 2009, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested almost a billion dollars in compelling community solutions.  In 2014 the SIF launched its Pay for Success program to reinforce its commitment to supporting innovative solutions and changing how public and private sector investors allocate philanthropic resources.  The SIF portfolio includes 46 awards to grantees who have selected over 458 nonprofit organizations to grow and further evaluate proven solutions to our nation’s challenges in 46 states and the District of Columbia.  In total, as a result of $295 million in federal grants, more than $627 million in non-federal match commitments has been leveraged.

Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.

The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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