The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has just launched a national competition to award a second round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants. Through the 2012-13 Grants Competition, the Foundation plans to invest in three to five nonprofit organizations that help economically disadvantaged youth improve academic achievement, attain employment, and avoid risky behaviors. Each grant will total up to $2-5 million over two to three years. The goal of the SIF grants is to expand the pool of organizations with proven programs that help increasing numbers of our nation’s most vulnerable young people, ages 9 to 24, make a transition to productive adulthood. Priority will be given to organizations seeking to expand in North Carolina and South Carolina, Oklahoma, and California; however, the Foundation fully expects to make investments in organizations working in communities of need elsewhere.
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: Social Innovation Fund
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