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 panel was chaired by Bud Greve and included Jay Dade, Mike Kromrey, Tim Rosenbury, Lisa Slavens and Margo Spilde.

  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for expenses associated with the One Door Program, a centralized access point for shelters, hotel-motel vouchers and other referrals for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Greene County Extension: $5,000 for a series of workshops to connect local food producers, large purchasing systems and supporting organizations to build innovative, successful and sustainable food systems from production to consumption.
  • Springfield Community Gardens: $12,000 to support expansion of the Grant Beach Community Garden, add an urban food forest adjacent to those grounds and assist the Weller Neighborhood Association in building a garden for its elderly and food-insecure residents.
  • Tree City USA: $5,000 to purchase 25-gallon Ooze Tubes that allow for efficient, slow watering for trees planted by the City of Springfield for NeighborWoods and other City rights of way.
  • Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council/CoxHealth: $4,900 to support completion of a Springfield metropolitan food system assessment for local sustainability and build a farmer’s portal onto a new website to connect farmers with restaurants and consumer-oriented businesses.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: $10,000 to support a community garden at LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home to teach client families how to grow fresh produce and create nutritious meals.
  • University of Missouri/Greene County Council: $1,100 to support costs of a collaborative program for Drury University architecture students to study diversity of housing types available in neighborhoods, which is a goal of the Springfield-Greene County Field Guide 2030.