$30,000 Collective Impact Grant awarded to Victory Mission-led project

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded a $30,000 grant to a partnership of Springfield organizations led by Springfield Victory Mission to support men who need a second chance at entering the workforce.

The Collective Impact grant was awarded to Springfield Victory Mission, Life 360 House, Reentry & Resources, and Evangel Enactus. It is the second of several Collective Impact grants that will be awarded through spring 2018. The partnership intends to reduce demands on public safety workers and the Greene County Justice Center by preparing men for employment who have been incarcerated or are at risk for that and encouraging businesses to give them a second chance.

This program seeks to pair individuals with a supportive community, skills training, coaching, and vocal allies committed to finding them living-wage employment. The program includes case management and affordable housing from Life 360 House, weekly training and stipends from Victory Mission, coaching from Evangel Enactus, and advocacy from Reentry & Resources.

The Collective Impact grants offer a total of $120,000 for collaborative projects that address “Red Flag” issues identified in the Community Focus Reports for Springfield-Greene County. The grants are made possible by donors who make gifts that are unrestricted or for general fields of interest such as early childhood or education.

The grant selections are made by a volunteer committee, chaired by CFO Board Member Jean Twitty, who also chaired the 2017 Community Focus Report. Other members include: Josh Hartman, Thomas Lane, Jared Lightle, Travis Liles, Megan Morris, and Todd Parnell.

This grant cycle will accept applications through June 1, 2018 with committee considerations in April and June. For more information, see the application form at http://cfo.formstack.com/forms/collectiveimpact.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and more than 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.

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