The Social Innovators
The starting gun has sounded for a second round of Investing in Innovation grants. Also known as “i3” (think iPhones or iPads), the program will provide competitive funding to nonprofits and schools for innovative education programs that can show evidence of previous success.
This time the U.S. Department of Education will be offering $150 million in grant funding. This is down from $650 million last year, when the program first received funding under economic recovery legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2009.
Applicants for the new round of funding will need to focus on at least one of the following: … more
There are two new updates about the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) on my blog for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
- New Social Innovation Applications Dominated by United Ways. An update about the 18 new applications to SIF, half of which came from United Ways
- Social Innovation Fund Money Hits the Streets. Provides an early look as to how the round 1 applications from last year working out
When is a budget cut that would disproportionately affect the nation’s poor justified? That’s the question being posed by the Obama administration’s proposed cut to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a program that dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.
Facing an annual budget deficit still topping $1 trillion, the president has called for shared sacrifice. But one of the programs singled out for cuts—CSBG—is one that funds services in low-income communities, communities that are still reeling from the economic slowdown. … more
Contact the Alliance Public Policy Office with questions or for more information.