Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success


On April 18, 2016, CSH  announced the selection of four new subgrantees selected through our 2014 Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success grant award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Click the two links below to read the details of the subgrantees awarded on April 18.

CSH Helps Public, Private, Philanthropic Sectors Partner to Improve Housing & Healthcare

Descriptions of Projects in VA, OK, NV and PA Leveraging New Pay for Success Grants

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March 2015: CSH Announces Six Pay For Success Subgrantees

On March 11, 2015, CSH  announced the selection the six subgrantees selected through our 2014 Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success grant award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

View the ECHO - Austin, TX Pay for Success feasability evaluation report prepared by CSH by clicking here

Funding under this Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success initiative is designed to support cities, states, and nonprofit organizations working to create and evaluate innovative ways to finance high-quality, effective supportive housing interventions producing measurable outcomes for individuals and communities.

In 2014, CSH received $750,000 from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), to help strengthen the supportive housing creation pipeline of state and local governments, and service providers prepared to implement Pay for Success projects. The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative approach to transforming lives and communities, using federal funding as a catalyst for private and public collaborations to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. Through the Social Innovation Fund Classic and Pay for Success programs, the SIF focuses on overcoming challenges confronting low-income Americans in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.


Harvard Kennedy School Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (HKS SIB Lab)
CSH is thrilled to be working with the HKS SIB Lab, another SIF PFS grantee, to develop a cohort-based model targeted to a group of states working to provide a community-based housing alternative to institutionalization for individuals with disabilities in response to the federal Olmstead mandate.

Through this cohort model, awardees will receive government-focused expertise on project development, evaluation design, and procurement from the HKS SIB Lab and issue-specific expertise from CSH and its partners, including expertise in the areas of Medicaid funding of institutional and community-based services and the creation and operation of high quality supportive housing that meets the needs of the identified target population.

Center for Health Care Strategies
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), founded in 1995, is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to advancing health care access, quality, and cost-effectiveness in publicly financed care. CHCS achieves its mission by working directly with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative and cost-effective programs, particularly for individuals with complex and high-cost health care needs. CHCS is collaborating with CSH to deliver technical assistance under this grant particularly in the area of Medicaid and other public financing sources as it relates to services provided to vulnerable populations and the cost of those services.

Third Sector Capital Partners
Third Sector Capital Partners has been involved in designing, responding to, and/or constructing many of the current PFS undertakings across the United States. As an advisor to government clients, Third Sector has worked extensively to prepare, refine, and support various procurement processes. As a partner in this effort, Third Sector will lend its expertise in designing PFS competitions and assessing the viability of PFS proposals among other technical assistance activities.

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 (SIF), and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

In 2009, President Obama authorized the creation of the Social Innovation Fund as part of the Corporation for National & Community Service to find solutions that work, and make them work for more people – by proving, improving and scaling effective models. SIF and its non-federal partners have invested nearly $1 billion in effective community solutions since the program’s inception. Launched in 2014, the SIF Pay for Success (PFS) program is designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects where governments pay service providers only when there are demonstrable results.

Note: Pay for Success (PFS) is a general term for performance-based contracting between government and social service providers, where government only pays providers if target outcomes are achieved, e.g. reduced recidivism or improved health outcomes, as opposed to providing cost reimbursement payments.




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