Specialty Grants

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The information below is for the 2015-16 program.

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The Community Foundation of Ozarks manages specialty grant funds established by donors who would like to have a positive impact on a specific field of donor interest. These funds are for a large spectrum of community needs and are sometimes relatively specific in their purpose.  Please note the following grant programs and their purposes, which have varying due dates.

Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Memorial Orthodontic Grant (youth orthodontics)
Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund (family emergency support)
Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts (artist support in Ripley, Clay, or Butler County)
Indigent Burial Fund (reimbursement grants to support indigent burial)
Historic Preservation Society of Springfield & Greene County Grant Program
The Ellis Fund (pediatric cancer support)
Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired
Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund (support for woman making a career change in midlife)
William E. Eslick Fund (for Greene County Southern Baptist Churches)
The Senior and Dorinda’s Dream Funds (end-of-life wishes)
Norma A Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund (hospice nurse education program)
Helen M. Delano Fund (firefighter and police officer crisis support)
The Caplan/Kreamer Holocaust Fund (Holocaust education support)
David B. Woodruff Children’s Fund (Greene County Juvenile Justice support)
John, Beth and Jack Raidel Fund (Springfield Public Schools home and health issues)
Leona B. Mackler Fund (Foster Grandparents in Marshall, MO)
MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN MSN and Linda L. Duncan (multiple sclerosis support)

 

Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Memorial Orthodontic Grant

The Weaver Orthodontic Grant provides three scholarships annually for full treatment orthodontic services for individuals age 10-30 in the southern Missouri Ozarks region who meet specific criteria.

Learn more about the Weaver Program

Due Date: March 31, 2016
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

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.

Apply for this program, PDF

Apply for this program, Word

Due Date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Julie Leeth, (417) 864-6199

Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts

The Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts provides one $2,500 grant annually to an artist who resides in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Ark. This grant program is designed to promote the visual arts in this region by providing grant funding to an artist who exhibits potential and/or is an established artist.

Apply for the Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts (PDF)

Due Date: May 20, 2016
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

Indigent Burial 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.

Learn more about the Indigent Burial Fund

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Winter Kinne, (417) 864-6199

Historic Preservation Society of Springfield & Greene County Grant Program

The Historic Preservation Society of Springfield and Greene County, Missouri, promotes 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. This grant supports the purpose of the Society by assisting organizations in preserving historical and/or architecturally significant sites or structures.

For more information on this grant program, please contact Howard Fisk at (417) 862-2900

Due date: ongoing

 

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

Apply for this grant program, PDF

Apply for this grant program, Word

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

 

Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired

The Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired supports a nonprofit agency which provides programming to assist individuals in the Ozarks who are hearing impaired.  Equipment, programming, or training to assist hearing impaired individuals are eligible for application. Approximately $500 will be available to one agency for this program for 2016.

Apply for this grant program, PDF

Apply for this grant program, Word

Due date: May 20, 2016
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

 

Jerry and Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund

The Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund will provide one grant of up to $1,000 to support a Springfield, Mo., woman in mid-life who is working to change the course of her life and take more control over what happens to her.  Preference will be given to women in poverty who are nonwhite or who have a physical or mental disability. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through a nonprofit organization; the grant will be provided to the nonprofit organization to administer.

Apply for this grant program, PDF

Apply for this grant program, Word

Due date: May 20, 2016
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

 

William E. Eslick Fund (for Greene County Southern Baptist Churches

The William E. Eslick Fund supports capital projects for Southern Baptist Churches located in Greene County, Missouri. Grant applications must not include operational costs; funds can be requested as part of a larger capital project.  The Eslick Fund will provide $1,000 to one Southern Baptist Church in 2016.

Apply for this grant program

Due date: May 20, 2016
Contact for program: Bridget Dierks (417) 864-6199

 

The Senior and Dorinda’s Dream Funds (end-of-life wishes)

The Dorinda’s Dream Fund and the Senior Dream Fund were established to provide financial support for end-of-life wishes of adults diagnosed with a terminal illness who are under hospice care. The Dorinda’s Dream fund supports patients who are between the ages of 18-65; the Senior Dreams Fund supports patients over the age of 65. These funds primarily support partial or full airline ticket costs of a loved one or a applicant/patient to make a final connection before the passing of said patient; however, applications for a meaningful activity for the patient may also be submitted. Funds will be distributed through the applicant’s hospice care provider.

Apply for this grant program

Due date: ongoing
Contact for program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

 

Norma A. Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund (Hospice nurse education program)

The Norma 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.

Apply for this grant program

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199

 

Helen M. Delano Fund

The Helen M. Delano Fund supports the families of Springfield firefighters or police officers injured or killed in the line of duty. One $3,000 grant or two $1,500 grants will be provided in 2016. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through the City of Springfield or the local police or firefighter union; grant will be provided to the organization to administer.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from your Chief of Police or Fire Chief to:

Bridget Dierks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: ongoing

 

The Caplan/Kreamer Holocaust Fund

The Caplan/Kreamer Holocaust Fund has the purpose of providing funds to send one Springfield, Mo., resident annually (minister, priest, rabbi, or educator) to the United States Smithsonian Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in order to make the greater Ozarks aware of the importance of remembering and educating others on the horrors of the Holocaust.  This fund primarily supports a teacher in the Springfield Public School District annually; however, ministers, priests, and rabbis may apply as well.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from your school principal or corresponding faith leader to:

Bridget Dierks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: May 20, 2016

 

David B. Woodruff Children’s Fund

The David B. Woodruff Children’s Fund provides one $1,000 grant annually to develop prevention and intervention services, such as training and education, for status offenders that have come to the attention of the Greene County Juvenile Court.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from your school principal or corresponding faith leader to:

Bridget Dierks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: May 20, 2016

 

John, Beth and Jack Raidel Fund (Springfield Public Schools home and health issues)

The John, Beth and Jack Raidel Fund supports Springfield Public Schools programs that address health issues related to the home environment and affect students’ ability to learn. One $1,250 will be provided annually for this program.  Grant funds will be distributed to the school district to be administered.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from your principal to:

Bridget Dierks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: May 20, 2016

 

Leona B. Mackler Fund (Foster grandparents in Marshall, Mo.)

The Leona B. Mackler Fund supports organizations that provide foster grandparent support in Higgensville and Marshall, Mo.  Applications must be made by a nonprofit organization; grant will be provided to the nonprofit organization to administer.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from a representative of the Missouri Children’s Division to:

Bridget Dierks
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: May 20, 2016

 

MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN, MSN, and Linda L. Duncan

This fund supports patients living with multiple sclerosis who are patients of Jordan Valley Health Center.  To learn more about this program, contact Bridget Dierks, (417) 864-6199.

Due date: ongoing