Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund grant to United Way of Lane County will help expand the Kids In Transition to School Program to more schools in the region. This ensures that young children and families throughout Lane County get the best start possible and are on a path to success.

With the influx of funds to the KITS program, we are able to partner with more school districts, allowing more families an opportunity to get their children kindergarten ready. The program helps with early literacy and self-regulation and social skills.

“The Social Innovation Fund Grant is exactly the right thing at the right time. After several years of bringing together public, non-profit, and private entities to fully develop and research a program that has shown it can better prepare children for kindergarten and improve their success in school years later; the SIF Grant will give us the boost needed to draw in more partners and scale-up this proven prevention model to provide access to several hundred more students in need.” – Colt Gill, Bethel School District Superintendent

The SIF fosters public and private collaborations to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that work. In just five years, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested more than half a billion dollars in compelling community solutions. As a result of $229 million in federal grants and more than $516 million in non-federal match commitments, the SIF has made grants to 35 grantmaking institutions and 189 nonprofits working in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

“This funding will make a real difference in the lives of Lane County children and their families.” – Senator Jeff Merkley

Read Senator Merkley’s full announcement of the SIF grant here.

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