On Friday, the Corporation for National & Community Service released a Draft Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for the Social Innovation Fund. This document lays out the application process for the $50 million in grants to be available in 2010 from the Fund.
The document is pretty user friendly and at 24 pages is certainly digestible by anyone who is interested. Note that this is only a “draft”. The Corporation is soliciting comments from the public until January 15. The final NOFA will be released in February 2010.
In July, I wrote a post explaining what the Social Innovation Fund is and another about why I think it matters. What I’d like to do now is kick start a public debate on the NOFA. If you plan to offer comment on the document directly to the Corporation (which simply entails sending them an email at SIFinput@cns.gov), then I’d like to suggest that you forward me a copy of your comments for publication. Rather than simply have the comment process be one of the public sending responses to the Corporation (who understandably has said they won’t respond to each comment), let’s turn the process into a public conversation.
I realize that this week and next will be dead quiet on this blog and others. So I’ll plan to kick start this conversation in January. In the meantime, if you do submit a comment on the NOFA, please forward me a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.