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Pay for Success Technical Assistance Competition

 2017 Pay for Success Technical Assistance Competition


The Institute for Child Success, a Grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success program, announces a reopening of its third annual Technical Assistance Competition. This technical assistance will help jurisdictions move towards implementing Pay for Success (PFS) financing to improve outcomes for young children.

ICS’s technical assistance will help states and local governments determine whether to pursue PFS financing to begin or expand services for young children and their families. This technical assistance includes beginning the significant groundwork needed to launch a procurement process for PFS if this model is found feasible. As with past cohorts of state and local governments that we have served, ICS will work with jurisdictions to conduct feasibility studies over a 9-12 month period.

The full Request for Applications is available here.

Applications must be submitted by March 16, 2017 at 8pm ET.

To submit an application, use this link.

To print a copy of the application as you prepare, please download it here.


December 13, 2016, 3pm ET : ICS hosted a live webinar to provide an overview of Pay for Success describe the technical assistance available through the grant and walk through the RFA. View the recording here.

January 13, 2017, 3pm ET :  Second Webinar for Potential Applicants

January 30, 2017, 12pm ET : Final Webinar for Potential Applicants

January 31, 2017 : Letters of Intent Due (Optional)

February 17, 2017 at 8pm ET : Completed Applications Due

March 6 – 9, 2017 : Finalist Interviews

March 9, 2017 :  Competition Reopens

March 16, 2017 :  Completed Applications Due for Reopened Competition

April  2017 : Jurisdictions Announced

Pay for Success is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that prove effective at improving outcomes for to the people who need them most. By utilizing private funding for up-front program costs, effective service providers, including nonprofits, have access to flexible and reliable resources to tackle critical social problems. By rigorously measuring the effectiveness of these programs over time, Pay for Success ensures increased accountability for government spending; taxpayer dollars are only spent on programs that succeed in improving people’s lives. Fourteen Pay for Success programs have been launched in the United States, including six that focus on young children and their families. See our PFS resources for more information.

Last Year’s Awardees: 

  • The City of Evansville, Indiana: working to expand high-quality preschool education;
  • The City of Tempe, Arizona: working to improve early childhood experience through universal preschool, home-visiting, and family supports;
  • The Children and Families Commission of Orange County, California: working to improve child welfare outcomes through its innovative Neighborhood Resource Network;
  • The Tennessee Commission for Children and Youth: working to expand evidence-based early childhood home visiting.

Read the full press release here.

2015 Awardees:

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