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Network for Social Innovation

Grants and In-Kind Services to USA Nonprofits to
Produce Original Solutions to Solve Social Problems

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Guggenheim Partners

Deadline Date:

05/29/20 5:00 PM (EDT)


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Grants and in-kind services to USA nonprofit organizations to produce original, creative solutions to solve social problems. Funding is intended for organizations that serve vulnerable populations and that have the potential to be high-impact. Priority will be given to applicants in the greater New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles regions. Network for Social Innovation Partners will receive financial capital for general operating purposes and creative capital.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189350

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each organization will receive an initial one-year cash investment of up to $100,000.

Creative Capital:
- Non-financial contributions, including, but not limited to: Convenings (Impact Lab), Strategic advisory services, Networking, Employee engagement
- Creative capital contributions will be determined based on the unique needs of each organization

Term of Contract:

Future funding is not guaranteed; decisions will be made as a function of the size, budget and relative need of the organization, and the ultimate Network for Social Innovation portfolio composition.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply, organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Qualify for non-profit status under the US Internal Revenue Service (501c3)
• Have at least two full-time staff members
• Have an observable direct-service program in place
• Work with an underserved population*
• Not seek funding for any of the following:
- Individuals or private foundations
- Religious organizations, except for non-sectarian activities
- Travel or conferences for employees
- Books, research papers or articles
- International organizations
- Galas, benefits or other fundraisers
- Political causes or candidates
- A group utilizing a fiscal agent
• Comply with the Guggenheim Partners Non-Discrimination Policy

Guggenheim Partners CSR will prioritize organizations that meet the following criteria:
• Stage:
- Modest budget (target: $1 - 5 million, no more than $10 million)
- Young (target: 1 - 5 years old, no more than 10 years old)
- Strong team (i.e., at least 5 people on staff and/or board)
• Target:
- Serving underserved populations*
- US-based (registered 501c3)
- Regional priority given to areas with significant Guggenheim presence (NY, Chicago, LA)
• Innovation:
- Committed leadership employing innovation to produce meaningful solutions to social problems
- Program is clearly differentiated from other organizations addressing the same social problem through the use of innovation

*Underserved populations include, but are not limited to: low-income and/or homeless individuals, veterans, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and those disadvantaged because of lack of access to basic resources and services.

For additional information on Eligibility, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application Opens: Apr 15 2020 08:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline: May 29 2020 05:00 PM (EDT)

Vetting of Network for Social Innovation applicants will occur in three rounds.
Round 1:
- Application Period Applications will close at 5:00 PM EDT on May 29.
- Application Review Period: June-July
Round 2:
- Application Period By Invitation Only: August
- Application Review Period (In-Person Meetings and Due Diligence): September-October
Round 3:
- Final Review Period: November
- Final Decisions: December

Funding will be distributed in two tranches, 6 months apart.

Application information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Access the Eligibility Quiz: If your organization is eligible, the Round 1 Application will "unlock".

For questions or concerns, please send an email to Make sure to include the name of your organization in the subject line. Responses are generally provided within five business days.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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