The information below is for the 2014-15 program.
Field of Interest Funds
A Field of Interest Fund in the area of one’s greatest concern, such as education or the arts for example, provides direction to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Board of Directors, without naming specific non-profit agencies. A preference may be stated for an agency known to offer services that match an individual donor’s stated interest. The following applications are provided for this program:
- Caplan Mid-Life Criteria Form
- Cloud Application
- Eslick Information Sheet
- Dorinda’s Dream Application
- Senior Dreams Application
- The Ellis Fund – The Ellis Fund is designed to assist families in need with a child (18 or younger) diagnosed with cancer with expenses beyond their ability to pay. Families residing in Greene, Barry, Christian, Stone, and Taney counties are eligible to apply for assistance. Families who have outstanding medical bills for a child in remission, yet there are still follow-up medical appointments, also will be considered for support. The application, including instructions, can be downloaded here in PDF format, or here in Microsoft Word format. Any contributions made to The Ellis Fund are tax deductible.
- The Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund – This fund is designed to support unmet emergency needs resulting from health/medical emergencies, inability to work due to medical personal or family emergency, needs resulting from natural disasters or fire. The application, including instructions, can be downloaded below in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Proof of financial need is required. Please call Julie Leeth at (417) 864-6199 for specifics. Any contributions made to the Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund are tax deductible.
Note: This fund is currently accepting applications, but will not make any grant decisions until May 2015.
- Download Word document
- Weaver Orthodontic Grant – The Weaver Orthodontic Grant provides full treatment orthodontic services for individuals age 10-20 who meet specific criteria. You can learn more about the Weaver grant (due March 31 annually) here. Field of Interest grant requests (except the Ellis Fund, Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund, Dorinda’s Dream and Senior Dreams Fund, which are taken on an ongoing basis) are due by 5 p.m. May 22, 2015. Awards for remaining Field of Interest Funds will be made in June.
- Norma A Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund – The Normal A Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund supports continuing education efforts of hospice nurses in the Springfield area. Partial or total reimbursement may be made to attend continuing education programs and conferences. Applicants must be employees of a Medicare certified hospice program. Payment will be made to hospice nurse employer upon submission of receipts by recipient.
More Grant Opportunities
- 2014-2015 Metropolitan Springfield Arts and Culture Grantmaking Program – The Arts and Culture grantmaking program, formerly available through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks grant program offerings, may be found on the Springfield Regional Arts Council website. Information on the 2014-15 grant round will be available later this year. Questions may be directed to the Springfield Regional Arts Council at (417) 862-2787 or by clicking here.
- Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts – Grants are typically offered nationally or on the state level, however, this generous grant opportunity is offered specifically to artists who reside in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Arkansas.Acknowledging the importance of the arts in every community, the Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts is designed to promote the visual arts in this area by awarding $2,500 to an artist who exhibits potential and/or is an established artist. Click here to learn more. This grant opportunity is open for applications on an ongoing basis. Download the prospectus, instructions, and application here (PDF format).
- Historic Preservation Society of Springfield & Greene County Grant Program –The Historic Preservation Society of Springfield and Greene County Missouri was founded and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1981. The purpose of the Society is to promote the preservation of that which is of historical importance in Springfield and Greene County Missouri: to preserve and protect buildings and sites of historic interest and to mark them suitably; to acquire title to or custody and control of historic structures and places and to convey them to persons who agree to preserve them; to promote and encourage historical research and to foster and promote public knowledge and interest in local and national history; and to collect and preserve records, relics and other things of historic interest.
Grant Program Purpose: To support the purpose of the Society by assisting organizations and individuals in preserving historical and/or architecturally significant sites or structures.
Click below to download the application.
MS Word file
- Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund – The Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund was established in 2007 by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court to help the CFO reimburse county or city governments to help cover the cost of indigent burials. The case settlement was split between three community foundations in the state, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Each community foundation serves a geographical area of the state; the CFO’s is 58 counties south of the Missouri river. Click here to learn more about the program and download a recommendation form.