SB 839 - This act establishes the "Social Innovation Grant Program" within the Office of Administration, with an executive director to establish and oversee the program. The executive director shall establish a "Social Innovation Grant Team" comprised of specified individuals with relevant expertise for any critical state concern for which a social innovation grant is being utilized. A "critical state concern" is defined as an instance or circumstance in which Missouri is currently, or will likely be in the future, responsible for the costs associated with a particular act of the state through annual appropriations. Such areas of concern include families in generational child welfare, recidivism among offenders with drug addictions, opioid-addicted pregnant women, and children in residential treatment with behavioral issues. A "social innovation grant" is defined as a grant awarded to a non-profit to design a short-term demonstration project that can be replicated to optimize state funding and services for a critical state concern.
The grant team shall: (1) formulate a request for proposals for social innovative grants; (2) evaluate responsive proposals and selecting those bids for demonstration projects that provide the greatest opportunity for addressing the critical state concern in a cost-effective and replicable way; and (3) monitoring demonstration projects and evaluating them on specified criteria. Upon the conclusion of a demonstration project, the grant team shall submit a report to the General Assembly evaluating the project, assessing the likely ease of statewide deployment, analyzing the cost of statewide deployment, and identifying funding strategies for statewide deployment. The grant team shall identify methods to fund the grant program, including state partnerships with nonprofit organizations and foundations.
This act shall expire August 28, 2024, unless reauthorized.
This act is identical to SB 473 (2017) and HB 828 (2017) and substantially similar to provisions in the truly agreed to and finally passed CCS/SB 819 (2018) and SCS/HB 2238 (2018).