Social Innovation Fund: Cohort 2

State executive offices, state workforce agencies, and local workforce boards are receiving technical assistance to advance Pay for Performance projects in youth workforce development.


Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) program, received seven applications from governments who are interested in using Pay for Performance and the new WIOA legislation to improve outcomes for youth. The ultimate goal of this process is to enable jurisdictions to support the testing and scaling of high-impact youth workforce development strategies, direct limited resources toward programs that work and build pathways to attract additional resources that will result in long-term improvements in employment and earnings.

SIF Sub-Recipients:

Cohort 2

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Logo

Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Austin, TX) is committed to using the Pay for Performance provisions of WIOA, combined with their efforts around youth outcomes data, to improve services for Opportunity Youth. If selected, Workforce Solutions will become the first workforce board in the State of Texas to consider and evaluate Pay for Performance under WIOA. Including the $1.6 million of WIOA funding available for youth, more than $2.5 million is invested in Opportunity Youth workforce development initiatives managed through Workforce Solutions. Workforce Solutions has placed a strong emphasis through WIOA funding on transition to and retention in postsecondary education and training, literacy and numeracy gains, and placement in employment or education.

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The Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston/Office of Workforce Development is committed to using Pay for Performance and WIOA to build upon current achievements in financial literacy and job readiness for youth between the ages of 14-22 through Summer Youth Employment Programs. In Boston, as of 2015, there were approximately 9,000 “Opportunity Youth,” disconnected from school and work. OWD is the City’s largest workforce development agency with an annual budget of over $18 million. Currently, Boston’s Title I WIOA youth funds amount to approximately $1.5 million.


The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to implementing the WIOA Pay for Performance provisions to improve services for over 2,400 opportunity youth facing barriers such as homelessness, involvement with the foster care or justice systems, or disabilities. OED is focused on barrier removal and prevention, educational and credential attainment, and creation of career pathways leading to middle-skill, sustainable employment to increase self-sufficiency for these youth. The current budget set-aside for Youth Pay for Performance provisions is $193K, none of which is Federal funding and can be used as a match.

SkillSource Group Logo

The SkillSource Group, Inc. is the nonprofit entity of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board. It runs One-Stop Employment Centers across Northern Virginia and aims to develop an innovative model to integrate young adults, who are aging out of the foster care system or have been involved in the juvenile justice system, with the WIOA Youth Program in order to increase educational attainment and sustainable employment and reduce criminal behavior. In PY 2015, SkillSource received $4.3 million in funding for WIOA Programs ($1.3 million for the WIOA Youth Program) and expects future funding to be consistent with this amount. The Northern Virginia WIOA Youth program is one of the largest programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling 315 opportunity youth in their program in 2015.

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San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is proposing to use Pay for Performance to experiment with cutting-edge workforce development interventions to improve services for two of San Diego’s highest need populations – foster youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The goals of this process are to increase the percentage of participants who enter into a work opportunity or educational program after graduating services, increase the percentage of participants who remain in employment or educational placements in the third quarter after graduating services, and reduce the percentage of participants who are arrested or incarcerated for a crime or for violating their parole/probation after completing services. The SDWP, as one of the largest workforce development boards in the State of California, has a WIOA Youth formula allocation of approximately $7 million each year.

SIF Award Partners


Third Sector has partnered with leading national organizations that assist in developing our competition, conducting outreach efforts, sharing lessons learned and delivering services to Sub-Recipients.

America Forward is a national non-partisan policy initiative, spearheaded by the nonprofit social innovation organization and venture philanthropy fund New Profit, Inc. We unite national policymakers with innovators who lead high-impact and results-driven organizations, to advance a public policy agenda that champions innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems.

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, an action tank within NLC, helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

SIF Competition 1

View our first cohort of SIF Sub-Recipients

Corporation for National and Community Service

Social Innovation Fund PFS Competition

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) was a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that received funding from 2010 to 2016. Using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results, SIF intermediaries received funding to award subgrants that focus on overcoming challenges in economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. Although CNCS made its last SIF intermediary awards in fiscal year 2016, SIF intermediaries will continue to administer their subgrant programs until their federal funding is exhausted.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit

Launched in 2014, the SIF Pay for Success (PFS) program was designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects where governments pay service providers only when there are demonstrable results.

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 was designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects where governments pay service providers only when there are demonstrable results.

SIF selected grantees to implement projects in one of two approaches: 1) Provide Technical Assistance to Assess Feasibility and Develop PFS Capacity or 2) Structure PFS Transactions. Third Sector was awarded $1.9 million to do the former.