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Pay for Success Technical Assistance Competition

 2017 Pay for Success Technical Assistance Competition

sif-partners-logoThe Institute for Child Success, a Grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success program, hosts a Technical Assistance Competition each year in which jurisdictions are competitively selected to receive technical assistance to help move them towards implementing Pay for Success (PFS) financing to improve outcomes for young children. Technical assistance is set to begin in the summer of 2017 for ICS’s third cohort of jurisdictions.

ICS’s technical assistance helps states and local governments determine whether to pursue PFS financing to begin or expand services for young children and their families. This technical assistance begins laying the significant groundwork needed to launch a procurement process for PFS—if the model is indeed found feasible for a particular jurisdiction. As with past cohorts of state and local governments that ICS has served, feasibility studies are conducted 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. The application period is now closed.



Pay for Success financing is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that prove effective at improving outcomes for 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. Nearly 20 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.

2016 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.

2015 Awardees: