Social Innovation Legislation Moves Forward

This week, the Missouri Catholic Conference testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of HB 2238, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific), which would establish a social innovation grant program within Missouri’s Office of Administration (OA). The office would award grants to nonprofit organizations that sponsor demonstration projects addressing critical state concerns, such as intergenerational poverty, opioid addictions among pregnant women, and other concerns identified by the Missouri General Assembly.

The idea is for these demonstration projects to try new and innovative approaches to assisting Missouri’s most vulnerable populations, approaches that could then be replicated statewide. HB 2238 has already received approval from the Missouri House and if the Senate approves it the bill can be sent to the governor for his signature. Stay tuned for more.