Social Innovation Fund: request for proposal process

Through an open, competitive RFP process, Youthprise will identify high-performing organizations with the ability to implement an evidence-based Career Pathways Approach. Youthprise will award 6-8 Opportunity Reboot subgrants based on approximately $1.25 million per year in available funds. Subgrants will be in the range of $150,000-$250,000 per subgrantee annually, and individual grants over the three-year period will total $450,000-$750,000 per grantee. Although initial awards will be for a three-year period, we anticipate this being a five-year initiative. Funding for years four and five are subject to federal appropriations. Subgrantees will be required to provide a 1:1, dollar-for-dollar, cash match with non-federal dollars.

For additional resources, follow these links to download information on the Career Pathways Approach and Youth Employment & Training Programs.

Download our FAQs relating to the Letter of Intent

Download FAQs on the Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals Opens October 1, 2015

To learn more about the Social Innovation Fund grant opportunity, including information on eligibility, application requirements, proposal components and review process, you can download a copy of the Request for Proposals.

The first step in the application process is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through our online application process. To help you prepare your online application, you can download a PDF of the LOI questions.

Letter of Intent due October 30, 2015;
Full Application due January 8, 2016.

Technical Assistance Webinars

Youthprise will be hosting two webinars to provide an overview of the application process. Please contact Sonya Lewis to register.

October 12, 2015 at 1:30pm – An overview of Opportunity Reboot and information specifically related to helping potential applicants determine if they should submit an LOI.  Questions will be answered related to the LOI submission process. The purpose of this webinar is to help potential applicants determine if they should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Participants were provided with an overview of the Social Innovation Fund, Opportunity Reboot, and a brief demonstration on creating a profile/submitting an LOI using Youthprise’s online grant management system. You can access a recording of the October 12 webinar here.

November 16, 2015 at 1:30pm – Detailed overview of the RFP, evaluation and evidence requirements,  as well as  compliance requirements of funded projects.  Questions will be answered related to full RFP. You can access a recording of the November 16 webinar here.

Office Hours & Phone Consultations

Youthprise is available for in person meetings or phone consultations related to the RFP.  To sign up for the webinar or schedule a consultation, contact Sonya Lewis, Senior Program Administrator,, 612-564-4858, ext. 96