CFO Announces Its 2011-12 Grantmaking Program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announces 2011-12 competitive grant opportunities totaling $562,000 for initiatives to strengthen non-profit service providers and schools across southern Missouri.

Proposals will now be accepted for program opportunities for the CFO’s new fiscal year, which began July 1. Grants are available in three categories: Metropolitan Springfield; Ozarks Regional; and the Rural Schools Partnership. Applicants must have 501(c)3 or equivalent non-profit status to be eligible to apply. This year’s grant cycle represents an increase of $81,600 over the 2010-11 competitive grants.

Metropolitan Springfield:

The Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program is organized into four areas of interest for the 2011-12 grant cycle, including three new cycles for Early Childhood, Community Innovation and Senior Services.

Community Response Challenge Grants – The Community Foundation will offer $125,000 in challenge grants of up to $12,500 each, which are intended to help support existing programs of Springfield area non-profits that address red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. The 2011 Community Focus report will be published in early fall. Consideration for matching funding will be given to proposals that address identified red-flag concerns as listed in the Report.

The proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 14, 2011. Grants will be awarded in late October and successful applicants will have until Jan. 31, 2012 to raise 1:1 matching dollars for the challenge grants, which range up to $15,000 per award.

Early Childhood – A total of $50,000 will be available for grants ranging from $10,000 to $12,000 to support existing or innovative projects focused on services for children ages 2-5. Proposals should reference “best practices” for quality childcare and/or appropriate school readiness programming. Preference will be given to projects that address the “red-flag” issues identified in the Community Focus Report for early childhood development.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., Nov. 4, 2011 and awards will be announced on Nov. 22. No matching funds are required.

Community Innovation – A total of $50,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Community Innovation Grant program, with a $10,000 to $12,000 range for proposal consideration.  Possible categories under the “Community Innovation” grant opportunity include environmental, sustainability or community development issues, as well as any other emerging community needs identified by the requesting agency.  Proposals should reference “best practices” for any of the program categories submitted or substantive supporting references for innovative program outcomes in comparable settings.

Proposal deadline is 5 p.m., March 9, 2012, and the grants will be awarded on March 27, 2012. No matching funds are required.

Senior Issues – CFO plans to partner with outside community agencies to offer programming assistance for senior citizens in Greene County with details to be announced after Jan. 1, 2012. Grants will be available for services and programs that will improve the health, nutrition and quality of life of persons aged 60 and older through this programming opportunity.

Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative Grants – A total of $17,000 is available for proposals that address the “Emerging” issues listed in the “Arts and Culture” section of the 2009 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County or the 2011 Report due out this fall.

  • Organizational support for emerging arts organizations
  • Audience development
  • Sustainable funding resources

There is no deadline for proposals; the funding is available until the limit is reached. No matching funds are required.

Ozarks Regional Grant Opportunities:

Coover Regional Poverty Grants – This program will award up to $127,500 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support new or innovative non-profit programs outside of Springfield-Greene County aimed at fighting rural poverty. These grants are made possible through the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program, which is a partnership between the CFO and Commerce Trust Company.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., Jan. 21, 2012. Grants will be awarded on Feb. 9. No matching funds are required.

Agency Partners Endowment-Building Grants – This $10,000 cycle for grants of $1,000 to $1,500 is offered to the nearly 400 non-profit agencies that partner with the Community Foundation. They are intended to support efforts to plan, develop and implement endowment-building programs. These can be used for projects such as promotional materials, fundraisers, information/education programs and other awareness efforts.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., Aug. 5, 2011 and the grants will be awarded at the annual Agency Partner luncheon on Aug. 23. No matching funds are required. Contact Bridget Dierks at bdierks@cfozarks.org for more information.

More information about the Metro Springfield and Coover Regional grant opportunities is available at www.cfozarks.org/grants, or by contacting  Randy Russell, Senior Program Officer, at rrussell@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199.

Rural Schools Partnership Grants:

The Rural Schools Partnership is a Community Foundation initiative to emphasize place-based learning in schools and communities across southern Missouri.  Member schools, teachers and students are invited to submit proposals as well as teachers and students.  More information about these grant opportunities is available at www.ruralschoolspartnership.org/grants.

Coover Place-Based Education Grants – These grants provide support for innovative ventures focused on the tenets of place-based education. Proposals that include matching funds or other leveraged resources are encouraged. The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 for the eight to 15 projects awarded annually. This program is made possible through the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking of Commerce Trust Company.

The application deadline is March 2, 2012; grants will be awarded at the annual Rural Schools Partnership conference in Thomasville, Mo., in the spring. No matching funds are required.

Conservation Grants—These grants are intended to engage students in community-based conservation projects.  Grant awards will range from $1,000-$2,000 for a total pool of $10,000-$15,000, depending on the quality and quantity of proposals.  This grant round is open to ALL Rural Schools Partnership schools, including those that received a conservation-related grant in previous years or grant rounds.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 21, 2011 with notifications by Nov. 1.  Funded projects should be completed by Spring  2012, and grant reports will be due by June 1, 2012. Photographs and/or video of the project will be required for the grant reports.  No matching funds are required.

Contact Julie Leeth with any questions concerning the Rural Schools Partnership grants at jleeth@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199. This grant round is made possible by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, its Stewardship Ozarks Initiative, and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

 

 

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