The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $50,000 to six projects for the 2014-15 Metro Springfield Community Innovation Grant awards.
The successful projects, selected from 10 proposals totaling about $98,000, 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 panel was chaired by Bud Greve and included Tyler Buzbee, Jay Dade, Tim Rosenbury, Richard Russell, Lisa Slavens, and Margo Spilde.
- Mercy Health Foundation: $9,858.17 for body armor and encrypted radios for Mercy’s tactical team.
- The Arc of the Ozarks: $9,104.44 to partially support, in cooperation with Mercy, a family advocate to support families with autistic children.
- Springfield Public Schools eLearning Department: $8,932.95 for laptops and bags to support students from low-income households taking eLearning classes who otherwise would not have access to a computer.
- Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association Southwest Missouri Resource Center: $9,104.44 to support Springfield foster families through a greater degree of involvement and counseling along with peer-to-peer support systems.
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $8,000 for Homeless Camp Outreach program supplies to address preventative medical needs of the homeless, in partnership with Springfield police.
- Ozarks Counseling Center: $5,000 to provide on-site mental health services at Robberson Elementary School to make mental health and family counseling services more accessible for families.