Category Archives: Grants

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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:

  • 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: 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.”

  • Six Rural Districts Awarded YEP Student Conservation Grants

    Six members of the Rural Schools Partnership were awarded YEP Student Conservation Grants in November for student-led, school-oriented projects that focus on conservation, preservation of natural resources, and place-based learning ideas that incorporate the environment. For the first time this year, only Youth Empowerment Project chapters were eligible to apply for these grants. These YEP […]

  • CFO Announces $115,000 in Challenge Grants for “Red-Flag” Issues

    On this Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to recognize the 14 Springfield-Greene County agencies that will have the opportunity to double their money as part of the 2013 Community Response Challenge Grant Program. The CFO will offer matching grants to 14 Springfield-area nonprofit agencies if they can raise equivalent funds by Feb. 3, 2014.

    For the second consecutive year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, nonprofits across the United States are urging donors and holiday shoppers to consider a gift for their favorite nonprofit, church, or educational institution as part of Giving Tuesday. It’s become a bit of a phenomenon: You can find info at, or find a wealth of information by searching social media with the hashtag “#givingtuesday.

    If you’re interested in local organizations, you can take a look at our categorized list of agencies, or go to and help the Springfield Art Museum secure a prized work by George Caleb Bingham for its collection.