Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success

December 2017:  CSH has released two RFPs to help communities expand innovative tools that generate much-needed funds locally to implement supportive housing solutions for vulnerable individuals and families. 

These RFPs offer our technical assistance and expertise to our awardees free of charge, and are made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Pay for Success Technical Assistance for Service Provider Capacity Building: Advancing Pay for Success, Systems Change, and Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Populations: access the full RFP here.
  • Pay for Success Technical Assistance Focused on Child Welfare-Involved Families: access the full RFP here. 

The due date for each RFP is now January 24, 2018. Please note the initial due date of January 17 indicated on submission applications has been pushed back to January 24, 2018.


August 2017: RFP for Pay for Success Technical Assistance focused on child welfare-Involved families 

Deadline for RFP Submission Extended to Tuesday, October 10

CSH is seeking eligible and qualified governments and tribes that are interested in receiving intensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of and move toward implementing a Pay for Success initiative with the aim of addressing housing instability among child welfare involved families.

CSH intends to select two Sub-Recipients to receive technical assistance. CSH anticipates that each Sub-Recipient will receive approximately 6-9 months of technical assistance. Assistance may be completed in a shorter timeframe, provided that the Sub-Recipient is able to convene the relevant staff for short, intensive 2 day sessions that develop proposals for local decision makers. CSH is interested in working with a site that feels able to accommodate this expedited timeframe.

This new funding opportunity is made possible with grants CSH received through the inaugural Pay for Success (PFS) program of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) combined with additional grant support from foundation partners.


CSH is seeking eligible and qualified state and local governments or tribes that are interested in participating in a new project that will inform the development and use of an integrated tool focused on criminal justice and homelessness data. Selected participants will receive technical assistance to access and integrate data from the homeless and criminal justice systems to target supportive housing in order to spur greater coordination/integration between the homeless/housing and criminal justice systems, and advance Pay for Success. Access the full RFP here.

Release Date of this RFP: March 8, 2017
Live Bidders’ Webinar/Teleconference: March 20, 2017; 1:00pm ET
Webinar Recording: Playback or Download the webinar recording.

RFP Frequently Asked Questions as of March 31, 2017: Click Here

Instruction for Submitting Written Questions
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Please submit all questions by 5pm Eastern Standard Time on April 5, 2017 in order to ensure a response.

Due Date/Time and Instructions for Submission of Optional Notices of Intent to Apply
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit Notices of Intent indicating the intention to submit full proposals. Notices of Intent should be submitted via email.

Due Date: March 27, 2017

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Due Date/Time and Instructions for Submission of Full Proposal
Applicants must submit all application materials electronically. The application narrative must be submitted using the provided PDF application form. Attachments must also be submitted electronically. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Due Date/Time: April 7, 2017; 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time

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Interview Stage
Following the review and ranking of the written applications, CSH will schedule phone interviews with the top-ranked applicants. Final determinations will be made based on the results of the interview stage.

Anticipated Announcement Date of Service Recipient Awards
Approximately May 5, 2017

Register here for the CSH Webinar that will review the RFP seeking eligible projects and discuss the new tool in more detail. This technical assistance opportunity provided by CSH is made possible through grants CSH received through the Pay for Success (PFS) program of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.


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

Contact the CSH Pay for Success team by emailing us at

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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