What’s the Social Innovation Fund? 

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In September 2014, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) as one of seven recipients nationwide of a Social Innovation Fund grant.

Over the course of three years, the Social Innovation Fund grant will provide $7.5 million to increase the reading proficiency of children in San Mateo County through the ambitious countywide effort known as The Big Lift. SVCF may qualify for an additional $9 million in funding for a fourth and fifth year, pending Congressional appropriations and evidence of the program’s success.

“The Big Lift Initiative is an innovative program offering compelling solutions to the persistent challenges facing San Mateo County,” said Lois Nembhard, Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “The competition process was highly selective, and we are eager to have the opportunity to work with Silicon Valley Community Foundation to expand their high-impact work to serve more people in need.”

The Social Innovation Fund requires local matching funds, a significant percentage of which will be provided by the County of San Mateo. The Measure A sales tax was approved by San Mateo County voters in 2012. The county has made an initial contribution of $15 million from Measure A funds for The Big Lift.



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