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:

  • Eminence Arts Council: $4,650 for operational staffing and materials.
  • Stockton United Methodist Church: $8,000 for food for the Tiger Totes weekend backpack program.
  • Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District: $5,000 for initial assessments related to soil erosion in the Warm Fork tributary of the Spring River watershed.
  • Women in Need of the Ozarks: $3,000 for operating costs of program to provide a “hand up” to working women in Greene and Christian counties.
  • Child Concern Center: $4,500 for food purchases for children in Butler County.
  • Tri-County Pregnancy Care Center: $10,000 to provide education, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases for clients of the faith-based agency serving Lawrence, Barry and Stone counties.
  • Whole Kids Outreach: $20,000 to expand services and operations to address unmet needs of expectant women and families with children in Butler, Carter, Iron, Reynolds, Shannon, and Wayne counties.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic: $10,000 for glucose meters and test strips to help its diabetic patients monitor their insulin levels.
  • Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy: $7,000 for costs associated with the restoration and protection of the Goodwin Pit Sinkhole and Cave near Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
  • Developmental Center of the Ozarks: $18,000 for operational costs of serving individuals with developmental challenges.
  • Willow Springs Arts Council: $6,200 to develop a youth orchestra as part of the Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra and to produce two additional concerts.
  • Newborns in Need: $15,000 for equipment, supplies and materials to provide hand-made baby items in 17 southwest Missouri counties.
  • CASA of Central Missouri: $18,000 to establish the National Peer Coordinator Model and Fostering Futures Training to develop a larger volunteer base to support abused and neglected children in central Missouri.
  • Dade County Health Department: $10,000 to provide food through the Tiger Power Pack program for children in Dade County.
  • Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance: $8,000 for materials and expenses for Stockton Area Project Hope family enrichment programs for Stockton area residents.
  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Inc.: $10,376 to provide 120 nights of shelter for homeless teens ages 13-17 in the Joplin area.
  • Children’s Smile Center: $12,000 for supplies to provide preventive and primary dental care to low-income children in Lawrence, Stone and Christian counties.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: $15,000 to support services to homeless and impoverished mothers in southeast Missouri.
  • Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation: $8,604 to provide stipends for volunteer nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaches for the Sedalia area.
  • Cabool Development Corporation: $6,670 for The STARS Foundation to renovate a donated building and pay instrument costs for students who provide community service in order to participate in this Cabool-area fine arts program.