Applications Open for Joplin-Carthage Resilient Community Program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has received a national grant to offer an in-depth and customized disaster resiliency training program for nonprofit agencies to supplement the community-wide emergency operations plan.

The grant will provide training for the Joplin-Carthage area beginning in late January. The application is now available at: http://www.formstack.com/forms/CFO-resilientcommunity. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

The Resilient Community program also serves as a pilot project for potential use in other communities. CCFA Partners, Inc., a community resilience consulting firm, will facilitate the program as well as engage topic experts on specific aspects of disaster resiliency to participate in the training.

The grant was funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, based in Eden Prairie, Minn. One of the MAC Foundation’s focus areas is disaster relief and resiliency and it has previously supported the CFO’s recovery efforts for the May 2011 Joplin tornado and the February 2012 Branson tornado.

“The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is an important partner and resource for CFO, considering our region’s vulnerability to natural disasters over and above the types of situations that can strike individual nonprofits or communities anywhere,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We share a common philosophy that building resilience is one of the best practices to ensure a more successful recovery process.”

The program differs from general disaster preparedness training because the 15 agencies selected to participate will attend four daylong class sessions and work with facilitators between class sessions to develop customized plans to fit each organization. At the end of the program, successful participants will have the opportunity to apply for implementation grants of up to $5,000 each.

The program is designed for “next responders” or “second responders” – agencies that don’t provide immediate disaster response as a main function of their work. But they would offer services needed during a recovery phase; examples could include areas such as child care, legal aid, counseling, animal welfare, housing, and services to vulnerable populations such as the elderly or disabled.

About the CFO:

The CFO is a public charitable foundation with a mission of resource development, public leadership, collaboration and community grantmaking. The CFO, with current assets of about $240 million, includes a network of 44 affiliate foundations and nearly 500 nonprofit and education partners across its service region that includes the area of Missouri south of the Missouri River. (www.cfozarks.org )

About CCFA:

CCFA Partners, Inc. serves as an advocate for communities impacted by disasters. Its strengths include disaster recovery planning, resource coordination and engaging citizens to build community resilience. CCFA Partners, Inc., brings more than three decades of experience assisting some 40 disaster-impacted communities across the country.

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