2017-18 CFO grant cycles announced

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2017-18 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

This year’s grant program includes a new partnership between the CFO, the Darr Family Foundation and the Musgrave
Foundation. The Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative will focus on kindergarten readiness and addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps in the Springfield-Greene County region. Proposals for this program are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2017.

The 2017-18 grants include a third year of Collective Impact grants, which will award a total of $120,000 (maximum of $30,000 per project) for proposals that offer collaborative approaches to red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. For the first time this year, these applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with committee decisions to be made in October, January and April.

This year’s grants budget also includes funding for The Northwest Project, a five-year program being facilitated by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University aimed at helping families in Springfield’s Zone 1 area get out of poverty.

Several long-running Metro Springfield grant cycles continue for innovative community projects, arts and culture in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and senior issues in partnership with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board.

For the CFO’s regional partners, this year’s Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership with The Commerce Trust Co., will make $250,000 available for needs in rural communities. Coover Regional Grant applications will be accepted for a three-month period beginning Nov. 13, 2017.

These discretionary grants are made possible by generous donors who make unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO. Organizations serving the CFO’s region with 501(c)3 or equivalent nonprofit status, such as faith or government, are eligible to apply for grants. For more information on all of the CFO’s grant programs, visit: http://cfozarks.org/cfo-grantmaking-programs/.

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