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Social Innovation Fund

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Greater Twin Cities United Way, in partnership with Generation Next, was awarded $2M in federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant funding over two years (September 2012 – August 2014) in 2012. In September 2014, they received an additional two years of SIF funding at $1M per year. They also have the potential to receive one additional year of funding at $1M, for a total possible grant of $5M over five years.

Through an open Request for Proposal process, Generation Next awarded SIF grant funding to six subgrantees in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, reaching a total of 1,500-2,000 youth annually. The intent of the awards is threefold:

  1. Develop a strong portfolio of subgrantees with replicable, evidence-based programs;
  2. Build subgrantee and network capacity to grow program impact and evidence of effectiveness, and provide a platform for expansion and replication of effective solutions;
  3. Create a value-added system of technical assistance, data-sharing and peer-to-peer support.

To learn more about the subgrantees’ activities and to read their proposals, please see their webpage.

Funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, the Social Innovation Fund program is designed to increase access to effective programs that enable people and communities in need to overcome their most pressing challenges in three areas: economic opportunity; youth development; and health. The SIF grant to Generation Next is focused on youth development.


More Information

SIF Initiative Webpage:
Generation Next Website:
SIF Contact: Naomi Zuk-Fisher, SIF Project Manager
Phone: 612-340-7550