Category Archives: Grants

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    Column: Rural Schools Partnership plans Rendezvous in Fair Grove

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks focuses on the the Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks that seeks to build assets and endowments for rural districts, and promote the tenets of place-based education in classrooms across southern Missouri. On April 23, the pinnacle of the RSP’s year will […]

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    CFO grant committees make the important, sometimes difficult decisions

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks focuses on the CFO’s grant committee structure, and the volunteers who make the decisions about where to allot the foundation’s grantmaking resources. In the column, volunteer committee chairs Bud Greve and new panel member Jay Dade talk about how the committees go about the process, and the sometimes […]

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    CFO awards grants for innovative community projects

    The CFO awarded $50,000 to seven projects for the 2014 Community Innovation Grant awards. The successful projects, selected from 23 proposals totaling about $193,700, demonstrate innovation and collaboration to improve Springfield-Greene County. A panel of CFO volunteers reviewed the applications and heard presentations from the finalists before making these recommendations for grant awards. This year’s […]

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    City of Joplin wraps up First Response Fund tornado recovery grants

    The City of Joplin marked another milestone along its journey of recovery from the May 2011 tornado by making the final grants from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, one of the 21 funds established at the CFO for donations after the catastrophe. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Joplin City Hall, Grant Committee Chair Phil […]

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    From braces to hospice care, CFO field-of-interest funds can help

    This week’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks takes a look at our Field-of-Interest programs.  These special-interest grants are funded by donors who want their gifts to help address a specific issue in the community, be it youth orthodontics, families in a financial crisis, or terminally ill adults who need a little help to achieve that […]

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    Finley River Community Foundation Makes $1,134 Grant

    The Finley River Community Foundation on Friday afternoon made a $1,134 grant to the Children’s Smile Center from the FRCF’s Cornerstone Capacity Building Fund. The gift was made in memory of Blanche Berbereia, an aunt of foundation board member Elise Crain. Children’s Smile Center was chosen because Blanche “wanted her memorial gifts to benefit children […]

  • CFO and Commerce Trust award $200,000 in Coover rural grants

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    Representatives from 18 of the 20 organizations receiving Coover grants gather for a group photo.

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented $200,000 in Coover Regional Grants today to 20 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri.

    This year’s grant recipients were selected from among proposals that totaled $904,299 in requested funding, nearly doubling last year’s requests. The grant criteria expanded for this year beyond a recent focus on poverty-related needs. The 2014 grant awards are being awarded to agencies working on poverty, health, environmental, and arts issues.

    These grants are made possible through the generosity of the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. With this year’s awards, the Coover Charitable Foundation surpasses $3.8 million in grantmaking across the Ozarks since its founding.

    “It’s been a real privilege to be here and listen to some of the other grant services; it’s a delight to be a part of this group,” said Cindy Waites, representing Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

    The organizations receiving this year’s Coover Regional Grants are:

  • BKD Foundation Makes Grant to Help CFO Promote the 5% Solution

    The BKD Foundation has made a $1,029 grant to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to pay for marketing materials for “The 5% Solution,” which encourages individuals to consider leaving five percent of their estate to charitable causes. The marketing materials include brochures and framed posters for professional advisors to display in their offices and […]

  • Every Child Promise focus of KSMU’s “Making a Difference” series

    Today’s segments of “Making a Difference Where You Live” on public radio station KSMU focus on the launch of the Every Child Promise project to make quality pre-school available for any four-year-old in Springfield. The CFO is one of the funders providing seed money for administrative costs and four pilot projects to start implementing the […]

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    CFO awards early childhood and school innovation grants

    The CFO has awarded $50,000 to support early childhood services at seven area nonprofit agencies, along with $18,457.40 for school-based projects in Springfield and Greene County. The total of $68,457.40 to support pre-school and elementary children is funded by generous donors who help make possible the CFO’s 2013-14 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program. The criteria for […]

  • Arts & Culture Grants Awarded to 16 Community Arts Projects

    The weather outside was frightful, so the ceremony to present the 2013-14 Arts & Culture grants was cancelled recently. But the CFO is proud to support the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s grant awards to 16 organizations for projects that promote sustainability and audience development for community arts.

    The CFO is now partnering with the SRAC, which will administer the Arts & Culture grant process using the CFO’s field-of-interest funds created by generous donors to support the arts.

    The grants are intended to support the goals of the Springfield Cultural Plan and the issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

    The 16 grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to: