In addition to the deployed SC2 teams, the 14 cities in the pilot received complementary capacity from philanthropically-funded fellows and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers.

Thanks to generous funding by the Rockefeller Foundation with management by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Cleveland State University, and the Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute, the first six SC2 cities with deployed federal teams received mid-career, non-federal SC2 fellows. As of July 2015, 12 of the 17 fellows have remained in their local positions beyond the two-year term of the fellowship, providing much needed local capacity.

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers provide additional capacity in the second cohort of cities with deployed SC2 teams thanks to AmeriCorps waiving the matching requirement for two VISTA volunteers in each SC2-designated city.