Category Archives: Grants

  • 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.

  • Greene County Senior Issues Grant Applications Open

    The Greene County Senior Services Fund Board, which partners with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, is now accepting applications for projects that will improve the well-being of senior citizens in Greene County. This grant cycle will offer up to $80,000. It represents the third year of collaboration between the Senior Services Fund Board, which […]

  • YEP Conservation, Arts and Culture Grants Due this Week

    Applications for two fall grant rounds, focusing on student conservation and metro-Springfield arts and culture programs, are due this week. The deadline for the Rural Schools Partnership‘s 2013 YEP Student Conservation Grants is this Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween) at 5 p.m. Only Youth Empowerment Project chapters are eligible to apply, though collaboration with other district […]

  • 17 Agencies Selected for Endowment/Technical Grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $25,000 in endowment building/technical consultation grants at the annual Agency Partner luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The grants were presented to 17 agencies. The Victim Center: $1,500 to create new marketing materials focusing on educating citizens on the services of the Victim Center and encouraging endowment contributions. Help […]

  • CFO Opens 2013-14 Competitive Grant Cycles

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will offer $560,000 in competitive grants for 2013-14, an increase of about 15 percent over the past year’s grantmaking. Application and deadline information is now available at: This year’s grantmaking cycles include several new categories and revisions of previous categories. The general programming areas include: Metro Springfield: Grant […]

  • Agency Partner Endowment-Building and Technology/Consultation Grant Applications Now Available

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks invites all Springfield and regional agency partners to attend the annual Agency Partner Luncheon, set for noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the White River Conference Center, near Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield. Click here to RSVP for the luncheon. Prior to the luncheon, at 11 a.m., there will be […]

  • Carthage, Forsyth Benefit from Community Grants in June

    It’s been a busy few months among the CFO’s 44 affiliate community foundations. Spring grantmaking rounds are usually the region’s biggest, and June was a busy month for presentations of awards. The Carthage Community Foundation gave out more than $26,500 to more than a dozen organizations, including the City of Carthage, Fair Acres Family YMCA, […]

  • Alliance of Community Foundations Releases Transfer of Wealth Study

    Missouri Transfer of Wealth Study from CF Ozarks on Vimeo.

    The CFO joined with other community foundations across Missouri today to release “Wealth in Missouri and its Counties,” a study that shows the upcoming transfer of wealth that will occur here over the next 10-50 years.

    In just the next 10 years, Ozarks members of the “greatest generation” and the first wave of the baby boomers that followed will transfer an estimated $47.2 billion of accumulated wealth to their heirs and others. For Missouri as a whole, that transfer of wealth will reach $134 billion. Over 50 years, that amount increases to a staggering $565 billion for the Ozarks and $1.5 trillion for Missouri as a whole.

    The Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a grant to commission the study by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb.

    For the complete study, including results for each county in Missouri, click here.

    This nationwide trend is considered the largest-ever transfer of wealth between generations in the history of the United States. It’s the result of the “greatest generation” returning from World War II to rebuild America and, in the process, accumulate wealth that is being passed down through succeeding generations.

    The goal of the Alliance is to encourage donors to consider a “5 percent solution” by including community-based philanthropic interests as 5 percent of their estate planning. In the Ozarks, that would capture $2.3 billion over the 10-year period, which would create $118 million a year in charitable resources using a 5 percent payout per year.

  • Thomasville Rendezvous Features Lessons, Stories and $70,000 in Coover Grants

    On Thursday, May 2, the Rural Schools Partnership and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks invited educators, administrators and students to Thomasville, Mo. for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate rural schools and those who continue to help them thrive. The keynote speaker was Dr. Arthur Mallory, a longtime state education official and rural schools […]