Grantmaking History

Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program

2013-14 Metro Springfield Grant Cycles

2013-14 Community Response Challenge Grants

  • The Child Advocacy Center: To conduct forensic interviews needed for child-abuse investigations
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks: Operational expenses for donation centers for materials to assist its clients.
  • The Arc of the Ozarks: For costs to support individualized supported-living housing for its clients with disabilities.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks: Food and associated costs to support the Crosslines program.
  • United Way of the Ozarks: Scholarships for kids at six Greene County schools to participate in the Discovery Center of Springfield’s “Science on the Road” program.
  • The Victim Center: Costs associated with additional adolescent therapists, child advocates and supporting services.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service: Operating expenses associated with providing clients with financial solutions and education related to credit issues.
  • Pregnancy Care Center: Costs associated with providing wellness and support services to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
  • Family Matters Resource Center: Costs associated with services to strengthen families and children in foster-care or adoption circumstances.
  • The Doula Foundation: Operational costs to provide support for families during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • CASA of Southwest Missouri: Support for a coordinator’s salary to recruit and train volunteers to assist the courts in protecting children in foster care.
  • Great Circle: Costs associated with caring for children with histories of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or abandonment or have developmental disorders, including autism.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities: Costs associated with the Tooth Truck to provide dental treatment and prevention for at-risk children.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: Personnel costs for an additional social worker for LifeHouse crisis maternity center.

2013-14 Early Childhood Grants

  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks: $10,916.30 for its Child Care Aware program that offers education and resources to promote quality child care.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $1,982.60 for resource backpacks for 240 students.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $1,101 for computer equipment and supporting technology, resource books and learning materials.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,311.10 for materials and staff training to produce school readiness kits for distribution.
  • Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation: $6,898 to conduct vision screenings for pre-schoolers.
  • Lighthouse Family and Child Development Center: $11,791 for expenses for family group education and a Community Resource Fair.
  • University Child Care Center: $5,000 to implement the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment.

2013-14 Springfield-Greene County Education Grants

The CFO awarded a total of $14,721.35 to eight Springfield Public Schools programs for technology, equipment, supplies and transportation costs for innovative projects taking place in the district. Two Greene County schools, Logan-Rogersville Primary School and Discovery Garden Montessori School, also received classroom innovation grants totaling $3,736.05.

2013-14 Community Innovations Grants

  • 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 right 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

2013-14 Performance Achievement Grants

  • Friends of Operation US: $3,000 to add a male facilitator and increase emphasis for fathers attending “Project Hatching” workshops for stressed parents.
  • Center City Christian Outreach: $3,000 to provide additional grocery and utility assistance for clients of the Well of Life food pantry supported by eight center-city churches.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $3,000 to help support the second year of a contract for SocialServe.com, an online resource to help low-income residents find housing that fits their needs.
  • University Child Care: $2,925 to extend earlier funding for Project Construct training, which is one of four early childhood curriculums approved by the state of Missouri.

2012-13 Metro Springfield Grant Cycles

2012-13 Metro Springfield Community Response Challenge Grants

  • The Child Advocacy Center: $9,500 to conduct forensic interviews with possible child-abuse victims.
  • The Arc of the Ozarks: $7,500 to support program costs for its Norton Home for long-term care for medically fragile individuals with disabilities.
  • CASA of Southwest Missouri: $9,500 for costs of recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers interested in becoming children’s advocates in court.
  • Boys and Girls Town of Missouri: $7,500 to support its residential and short-term wrap-around services for children and families.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks Ambassadors for Children: $9,500 to clothing, hygiene and health-care products for foster children.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks Safe to Sleep: $2,500 for supplies and gasoline costs to provide a safe overnight environment.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Springfield: $9,500 to support its health and wellness program for members.
  • The Victim Center: $9,500 to support the center’s programs to address the traumatic effects of violent crime on adults and children.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Inc.: $9,500 for specialized dental equipment and supplies for the Tooth Truck, which serves children who lack access to dental care.
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks: $5,000 to promote high-efficiency toilets to reduce residential water use through its partnership with City Utilities on the WaterWise program.
  • Care to Learn: $7,500 for health, hunger and hygiene supplies to provide for children’s needs.
  • Sigma House of Springfield: $2,000 for materials and expenses for counselor training.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $8,500 for costs associated with an additional northside case manager position.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $8,500 to support expansion of partnerships with nurses, physician’s assistants and the Murney Clinic.
  • Ozarks Literacy Council: $9,500 to purchase supplies for six instructional training sessions.
  • Harmony House: $9,500 to purchase materials for 833 safe bednights for survivors of domestic violence.

2012-13 Early Childhood Grants

  • Friends of Operation US: $9,200 for materials to support the Hatching Project, to provide strategies to reduce abuse and neglect of young children.
  • Ozarks Literacy Council: $4,000 for materials to improve Kindergarten readiness though pre-literacy training and tutoring.
  • University Child Care Center: $2,000 for teacher training and materials to support the Project Construct learning model.
  • Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Head Start: $13,750 to improve early childhood education and Kindergarten readiness through the use of DIAL-4 diagnostic kits.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $8,000 for the Strengthening Families Program to help families internalize protective factors that lessen child abuse.
  • Lighthouse Child and Family Development: $6,000 for materials and training to provide case management, family education and quality child care at low cost for high-need families.
  • Springfield-Greene County Library District: $7,050 to help establish the district’s “Destination for Literacy” Program, increasing Kindergarten readiness.

2012-13 Community Innovation Grants

  • Springfield Victory Mission: $8,000 to leverage donated services for the construction of a commercial greenhouse to increase the Mission’s food production.
  • Ozark Greenways: $9,300 to expand the Jordan Creek Greenway Trail through the vacated railyard space that is undergoing a hazardous materials clean-up in Jordan Valley’s West Meadows.
  • The Partnership for Sustainability at Drury University: $6,000 to help fund a community-scale composting project.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $7,000 to support a new Springfield Affordable Housing Center to create a one-stop shop for providers and clients.
  • Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition and The Kitchen, Inc.: $7,000 to support the DIRT program, which is working in 10 schools to build and maintain gardens using state curriculum standards.
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks: $6,450 to offer scholarships for local food producers to attend educational sessions to increase local food production for the community.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $6,250 to help provide transitional housing for the homeless youth clients of the Rare Breed drop-in center.

2012-13 Senior Issues Grants

  • ARC of the Ozarks: $15,000 for services for clients in the day habilitation support programming.
  • Ash Grove Food Pantry: $2,400 for food, storage equipment and distribution to meet the food needs of seniors.
  • Ash Grove Sunshine Center: $25,919.12 for its senior outreach programming.
  • CoxHealth Foundation: $14,040 for Lifeline monitoring service for clients who become incapacitated.
  • CoxHealth Foundation: $12,750 for nursing assessments to determine patient ability and develop care plans.
  • Ozarks Public Television/Missouri State University: $10,000 support to produce informational programming directed toward issues facing seniors.

2012-13 Arts & Culture Grants

  • The Boys Choir of Springfield: $4,000 to help the group transition from being a “well-kept secret” to presenting concerts to full audiences.
  • The Drury University Civic Orchestra: $4,000 to expand its young artists regional competition and outreach into the schools.
  • The Mid-America Singers: $1,000 to supplement last year’s transformative grant, which helped increase its attendance by 100 percent in two years by offering free concerts.
  • American Guild of Organists local chapter: $1,500 to help host a three-day conference of organists from a 10-state region in June.
  • Moxie Cinema: $1,500 to fund its Legomation workshops to teach kids stop-motion animation.
  • The MSU College of Arts and Letters: $1,500 to support its third annual jazz festival by bringing in a guest artist for the downtown Springfield event.
  • Springfield Little Theatre and the Springfield Art Museum: $1,500 to book performances such as “Five-Minute Fairy Tales” at the museum’s auditorium.
  • The SRO Lyric Theatre: $600 to produce its popular “Operazzi” series, a combination of opera, jazz and theater in an open-mic format.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council: $1,500 to produce the “Speaking of the Arts” series of workshops on professional development topics geared specifically to artists.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council: $1,500 to research and archive the collaboration among the City of Springfield, the arts community, and philanthropy that created The Creamery Arts Center.
  • Urban Districts Alliance: $1,000 to hold a contest for the First Night’s Last Song for Springfield’s annual New Year’s Eve activities.

2011-12 Metro Springfield Grant Cycles

2011-12 Senior Issues Grants

  • Ozarks Area Community Action Corps (OACAC):$40,500 to support services in health care, including medical, dental and visual needs; home care, including repairs, rent, mortgage and insurance costs; and operational support for the agency.
  • Cox Health Foundation: $5,010 to allow Oxford Healthcare to purchase equipment required for cooling fans for medical purposes for financially challenged seniors living in our region.
  • Cox Health Foundation: $14,040 to allow Oxford Healthcare to provide monthly “Auto Alert” service monitoring to 30 Greene County Medicaid-eligible residents with high needs for round-the-clock care.
  • ARC of the Ozarks: $12,500 to assist individuals with disabilities with services and programs to improve their quality of life, allow them access to community events and assist with medical and dental needs.
  • Rogersville Area Senior Center, Inc.: $12,391 to support facility improvement funds, including the safety improvements of re-paving of parking lots and sidewalk repairs.
  • Ash Grove Food Pantry: $2,000 for the purchase of food storage equipment and food distribution services.
  • Council of Churches: $22,050 to support the Connections Handyman Service, Long-Term Care Ombudsman and RSVP Reading Buddy Programs.

2011-12 Community Innovations Grants

  • Center City Christian Outreach, Inc.: $10,000 to renovate and improve accessibility at the new 418 S. Kimbrough Ave. location for the “Well of Life” program.
  • Ozarks Regional YMCA and the Healthy Living Alliance: $5,000 to expand after school dance/exercise classes for kids in K-6 grades at its target low-income schools, with a goal of reducing childhood obesity.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $10,000 to implement the nationally developed “FLIP-IT” (Feelings, Limits, Inquiries and Prompts) program to extend pre-kindergarten training to school-age children by educating teachers and parents on how to help children master their feelings to prevent disruptive classroom behavior.
  • Sigma House of Springfield: $5,000 for its expanded  “Family Preservation” program. The funding will be used to create a landscaped playground area for children of parents in residential or out-patient addiction treatment to help reduce the barrier to child-care needs and involve the whole family in the recovery process.
  • Springfield Regional Arts Council: $10,000 for assessment, analysis and program costs in conjunction with The Forest Institute to measure and summarize the impact of civility training for at-risk children participating in summer arts-enrichment programs.
  • Ozarks Counseling Center: $10,000 for a new “Keeping Your Cool” program to teach anger-management skills to kids 5-12 in collaboration with other children’s services providers.

2011-12 Early Childhood Grants

  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $8,500 to support a partnership between the Parents as Teachers program and the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP.
  • Friends of Operation US: $5,000 for materials to provide expectant parents with foundational skills for childrearing.
  • United Way of the Ozarks: $8,500 for materials to support the Downtown Family Circuit treks.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $10,500 to implement a class-assessment tool to promote better teacher-child interactions.
  • Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center: $8,750 to implement its resiliency project to improve social and emotional support for families with children from birth to age five.
  • SafeHaven of the Ozarks: $8,750 for materials and space to provide counseling and life skills to children placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect.

2011-12 Metropolitan Springfield Red-Flag Response Grants

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $5,000 to support its Meal Time Buddies Program, which provides weekly mentoring with positive adult role models and served 273 children last year.
  • Boys & Girls Town of Missouri: $10,000 to expand comprehensive assessment and parent education for families with children with emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Burrell Behavioral Health: $10,000 to furnish 14 apartments for adults with mental illnesses or histories of homelessness.
  • CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates): $15,000 to support its existing volunteer program and enhance it with a new training curriculum to create awareness of the mental health needs of children whose parents suffer from mental illness.
  • Child Advocacy Center, Inc.: $14,000 to support the Forensic Interview program.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for Kindergarten Camp, a school readiness program for high-risk young children who are not attending pre-school.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling of Springfield: $12,000 to preserve homeownership for capable clients and to provide transition services for who are not capable to move forward with dignity.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks: $2,902.75 to provide rent assistance to help eligible individuals and families in Greene County remain in their homes.
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch: $6,000 to furnish 20 bedrooms, four living areas and five offices in a new 20-bed group home for the program that serves troubled male youths through personalized treatment and education.
  • Habitat for Humanity: $10,000 to provide one-stop, drop-off recycling services in southwest Springfield, which would fill a geographic void in the City of Springfield’s recycling locations.
  • Harmony House (formerly the Family Violence Center): $15,000 to restore funding in areas that were cut by state and local support to continue providing shelter, advocacy and education to women and children who have survived domestic violence.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $15,000 to help cover general operating costs in the Kitchen Clinic, which served more than 2,000 patients seeking medical care at more than 9,000 visits last year.
  • Kiwanis Foundation of Downtown Springfield: $10,000 to provide a safe play environment for children and adults of all abilities.
  • Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center: $11,000 for building renovations and equipment for a larger center-city location.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest: $15,000 for its Weekend Backpack Program, which serves about 1,000 kids a week at 30 schools with food supplies to take home for the weekends.
  • Ozarks Literacy Council: $10,000 to offer the pre-literacy and Wonder Years programs more frequently throughout the school year.
  • Ozarks Regional YMCA: $15,000 to augment the Strong Kids Financial Aid Program, which provides after-school Prime Time services at low or no cost to low-income families.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks: $15,000 for basic supplies for “The Tooth Truck,” which provides dental treatment and prevention education for at-risk children with no other access to dental care.
  • The Victim Center: $15,000 to fund existing prevention education programs to help children and adults identify child abuse and neglect.

2010-11 Metro Springfield Grants

 

2010-11 Red-Flag Response Challenge Grants

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $5,000 to support its Meal Time Buddies Program.
  • Boys & Girls Town of Missouri: $10,000 to expand comprehensive assessment and parent education for families with children with emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Burrell Behavioral Health: $10,000 to furnish 14 apartments for adults with mental illnesses or histories of homelessness.
  • CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates): $15,000 to sustain its existing program of recruiting and training volunteers and enhance the volunteer training program with new curriculum to create awareness of the mental health needs of children whose parents suffer from mental illness.
  • Child Advocacy Center, Inc.: $14,000 to support the Forensic Interview program.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for Kindergarten Camp, a school readiness program for high-risk young children who are not attending pre-school.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling of Springfield: $12,000 to preserve homeownership for capable clients and to provide transition services to allow those who are not capable to move forward with dignity.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks: $10,000 to provide rent assistance to help eligible individuals and families in Greene County remain in their homes.
  • Family Violence Center: $15,000 to restore funding in areas that were cut by state and local support to continue providing shelter, advocacy and education to women and children who have survived domestic violence.
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch: $6,000 to furnish 20 bedrooms, four living areas and five offices in a new 20-bed group home for the program that serves troubled male youths through personalized treatment and education.
  • Habitat for Humanity: $10,000 to provide one-stop, drop-off recycling services in southwest Springfield, which would fill a geographic void in the City of Springfield’s recycling locations.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $15,000 to help cover general operating costs in the Kitchen Clinic, which served more than 2,000 patients seeking medical care at more than 9,000 visits last year.
  • Kiwannis Foundation of Downtown Springfield: $10,000 to provide a safe play environment for children and adults of all abilities.
  • Lighthouse Child & Family Development: $11,000 for building renovations and equipment for a larger center-city location to serve 14 additional children and families in efforts to increase family self-sufficiency, reduce poverty, and diminish risk factors for child abuse and neglect.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest: $15,000 for its Weekend Backpack Program, which is currently serving 1,000 kids a week at 30 schools with food supplies to take home for the weekends.
  • Ozarks Literacy Council: $10,000 to offer the pre-literacy and Wonder Years programs more frequently throughout the school year. The program is serving about 700 children and families.
  • Ozarks Regional YMCA: $15,000 to augment the Strong Kids Financial Aid Program, which provides after-school Prime Time services at low or no cost to low-income families.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks: $15,000 for basic supplies for “The Tooth Truck,” which provides dental treatment and prevention education for at-risk children with no other access to dental care.
  • The Victim Center: $15,000 to fund existing prevention education programs to help children and adults identify child abuse and neglect.

2009-10 Metro Springfield Grants

2009-10 Community Response Challenge Grants

  • For the access to healthcare category: Breast Care Foundation of the Ozarks, $25,000; The Kitchen Clinic, $40,000; Ronald McDonald House Tooth Truck mobile dental care, $40,000.
  • For the child abuse and neglect category: Child Advocacy Center, $30,000; Family Violence Center, $25,000; Isabel’s House, $30,000; The Victim Center, $30,000.
  • For the hunger and homelessness category: Boys and Girls Town Emergency Foster Care program, $25,000; Crosslines program of the Council of Churches, $40,000; Ozarks Food Harvest, $40,000.

Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program in partnership with Commerce Trust

2013-14 Coover Regional Grants

  • Eminence Arts Council: $4,650 for operational staffing and materials.
  • Stockton United Methodist Church: $8,000 for food for the Tiger Tasters weekend backpack program.
  • Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District: $5,000 for initial assessments related to soil erosion in the Warm Fork tributary of the Spring River watershed.
  • Women in Need of the Ozarks: $3,000 for operating costs of program to provide a “hand up” to working women in Greene and Christian counties.
  • Child Concern Center: $4,500 for food purchases for children in Butler County.
  • Tri-County Pregnancy Care Center: $10,000 to provide education, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases for clients of the faith-based agency serving Lawrence, Barry and Stone counties.
  • Whole Kids Outreach: $20,000 to expand services and operations to address unmet needs of expectant women and families with children in Butler, Carter, Iron, Reynolds, Shannon, and Wayne counties.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic: $10,000 for glucose meters and test strips to help its diabetic patients monitor their insulin levels.
  • Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy: $7,000 for costs associated with the restoration and protection of the Goodwin Pit Sinkhole and Cave near Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
  • Developmental Center of the Ozarks: $18,000 for operational costs of serving individuals with developmental challenges.
  • Willow Springs Arts Council: $6,200 to develop a youth orchestra as part of the Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra and to produce two additional concerts.
  • Newborns in Need: $15,000 for equipment, supplies and materials to provide hand-made baby items in 17 southwest Missouri counties.
  • CASA of Central Missouri: $18,000 to establish the National Peer Coordinator Model and Fostering Futures Training to develop a larger volunteer base to support abused and neglected children in central Missouri.
  • Dade County Health Department: $10,000 to provide food through the Tiger Power Pack program for children in Dade County.
  • Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance: $8,000 for materials and expenses for Stockton Area Project Hope family enrichment programs for Stockton area residents.
  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Inc.: $10,376 to provide 120 nights of shelter for homeless teens ages 13-17 in the Joplin area.
  • Children’s Smile Center: $12,000 for supplies to provide preventive and primary dental care to low-income children in Lawrence, Stone and Christian counties.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: $15,000 to support services to homeless and impoverished mothers in southeast Missouri.
  • Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation: $8,604 to provide stipends for volunteer nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaches for the Sedalia area.
  • Cabool Development Corporation: $6,670 for The STARS Foundation to renovate a donated building and pay instrument costs for students who provide community service in order to participate in this Cabool-area fine arts program.

2012-13 Coover Regional Grants

  • Gift of Hope: $10,000 for the purchase of groceries to increase independence for Taney County families.
  • Sustainable Communities/Small Farms Network: $14,150 for construction materials for ramps, cabinets, plumbing, electrical work, plus labor costs and utility coverage for rural residents.
  • Skaggs Foundation: $14,500 for operational expenses, room rentals, food, YMCA memberships and medical lab costs for Taney and Stone County residents.
  • The Independent Living Center, Inc.: $9,500 for a commercial freezer, one year of food expenses, cleaning supplies and toiletries for the organization’s service region.
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks: $19,950 for scholarships for 133 free/reduced lunch-qualified children at the Club’s Branson unit.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest: $20,000 for food and operational expenses, delivery/storage costs and administrative expenses to help rural residents in need.
  • South Central Child Advocacy Center: $15,200 for employee travel expenses between locations, operational expenses and utilities.
  • MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries: $17,500 for food costs, operational expenses, delivery/storage expenses and a nutritional specialist and materials to help rural residents with barriers to employment find jobs.
  • Healthy Community Jordan Valley: $8,850 for hygiene kits for children, educational materials, medical supplies and mobile training units.
  • Hickory County Community Action Education: $10,000 for operational expenses, food costs and utilities to help Hickory County residents with nutritional, educational and financial needs.
  • OACAC: $12,000 for training materials and supplies for the REALL simulation experience to support graduation persistence in Christian, Dade, Dallas, Lawrence, Polk and Webster counties.
  • Least of These, Inc.: $20,000 to support food and hygiene programs for residents in need in Christian County.
  • Protect Every Pet, Inc.: $1,000 to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through low-cost neutering for low- or no-income families.
  • Dade County Health Department: $8,000 for lab costs and prescription assistance to support public health and safety programs in Dade County.
  • Ozarks Resource Group: $8,000 for lab costs and prescription assistance for medically underserved families.
  • Ozarks Family YMCA: $11,350 for computer equipment and materials to train high-quality teen workers in high-need counties.

2011-12 Coover Regional Grants

  • Polk County Health Center: $10,000 to expand services at the Polk County Free Clinic.
  • Ozarks Resource Group, Buffalo: $5,000 for the “Bright Smiles” dental program and to develop a backpack program.
  • Care to Learn-Clever: $2,500 to support this new chapter of the organization to support health, hygiene and clothing needs of schoolchildren.
  • Care to Learn-Rogersville: $5,000 to support this new chapter.
  • Care to Learn-Willard: $5,000 to support this new chapter.
  • Least of These, Inc.: $10,000 for materials to support Care to Learn programs in Christian County.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $18,380 for staffing and lodging vouchers to replicate Greene County’s “One Door” homeless prevention program for Christian County.
  • ARC of the Ozarks: $5,000 for dental care for individuals with disabilities.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest: $11,420 to support regional school backpack programs.
  • The Child Advocacy Center: $20,000 to support 50 forensic interviews in the south-central region for possible child-abuse victims.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: $16,000 to support office, equipment, and program expenses for an additional social worker.
  • Fordland Clinic, Inc.: $9,200 for dental root canal and crown supplies.
  • Delmina Woods Community Council, Forsyth: $5,000 for medical, hygiene and job-interview expenses for young women transitioning out of the facility.
  • Good Samaritan Care Center, Mountain View: $5,000 for construction, equipment and materials to provide free health care to uninsured and working poor residents in its service region.

2010-11 Coover Regional Grants

  • Southwest R-V School District: $13,000 for a backpack program.
  • Gift of Hope, Inc.: $6,000 for its Backpack Club program serving Taney County students.
  • Weaubleau R-III School District: $15,000 for a Back Snacks program run by teen volunteers.
  • Halfway R-III School District: $16,000 to provide Back Snacks for students in need.
  • Ozark County Community Foundation, Gainesville R-V School District and the Ozark County Ministerial Alliance: $14,000 for a weekend backpack program.
  • Carthage Crosslines Ministry: $2,500 to apply toward cost of a freezer to increase food-storage capacity.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic: $10,000 to renovate and equip a room in the clinic.
  • Children’s Smile Center: $6,000 to provide dental screenings for an additional 450 children in Christian and Stone counties.
  • Faith Community Health: $7,500 to provide for nearly 400 additional patient appointments for Stone and Taney County clients.
  • Cardinal Cares Program: $5,000 to provide food and clothing for children in the Clinton School District.
  • Newborns in Need, Inc., Southwest Missouri Chapter: $3,000 for services for sick and needy babies and their families in Douglas, Laclede, Ozark, Webster and Wright counties.
  • Sigma House of Springfield: $7,000 to help clients who suffer from treatable medical or dental conditions in Greene, Christian, Taney, Stone, Barry, Lawrence, Dade, Webster, Polk, Dallas and Douglas counties.

2009-10 Coover Regional Grants

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks: $14,000 to allow additional children living in rural Taney & Stone Counties access to high-quality, day-long youth development programming opportunities & physical activities during the summer.
  • Cabool Development Foundation, Inc.: $13,000 to support development of a federally qualified Health Center to serve a four-county area.
  • Care to Learn – Ozark, Nixa, Bolivar School Systems: $15,000 to address emergency hunger, health, and hygiene needs of students in each district through food backpacks, food vouchers, clothing vouchers, hygiene items, and financial assistance for medical needs.
  • Hope’s Bridge: $14,500 for the temporary care of children whose families are in crisis.
  • Ozarks Resource Group: $13,950 to support resources to strengthen family bonds and reduce the risk factors associated with teenage substance abuse thru the well-regarded, Guiding Good Choices program workshops.
  • Ripley County Caring Community Partnership: $9,025 to provide impoverished students with evening meals, while participating in the Ripley County CASASTART Program.
  • Samaritan Outreach Center: $15,000 to provide emergency shelter and a viable means of support to homeless persons needing assistance in re-entering society.
  • The Samaritan Center: $15,000 to support the only food and clothing distribution center in Henry County, which has provided services for clients in Henry, St. Clair and Benton County for 22 years.