2017-18 Metropolitan Springfield Grants

The 2017-18 Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program offers these grant cycles. Read below for specifics and click the gray bar to apply for the round of your choice.

If you need additional information after reviewing the following information on each grant cycle, please contact Bridget Dierks.



Metropolitan Springfield Collective Impact Grants

A total of $120,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Collective Impact Grant program, with awards capped at $30,000. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to achieving positive impact with regard to the Red Flag issues addressed in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. Addressing one component of a large-scale issue, however, is not effective without also working in tandem on other aspects of that community challenge.

In an effort to align the efforts of organizations seeking to improve upon these community problems, the CFO will award proposals outlining collaborative efforts of at least three or more organizations which address Red Flag issues identified in the 2015 Community Focus Report.

Proposals shall address a Red Flag issue as a whole, with agencies working on a common agenda with continuous communication and mutually agreed-upon roles. Additionally, agencies working collaboratively will be expected to identify a mutually agreed-upon evaluation or measurement process in order to quantify impact and potentially provide evidence-based solutions to challenges facing Springfield-Greene County.

Recognizing that poverty touches many Red Flag issues, please note that the overarching “Poverty” Red Flag should not be used as the applying collaboration’s main red flag. Please delve deeper into the report and select a more specific red flag associated with your potential program.

Risk of failure will not be a deterrent for the grant selection committee as innovative ideas are strongly encouraged.

Deadline: This program is closed for the 2018 fiscal year


Springfield-Greene County Senior Issues

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Springfield-Greene County Senior Issues grant program is a collaborative project with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board.  Requested program support should be designed to effectively enhance and improve the health, nutrition and quality of life of persons in Greene County aged 60 and older. Quantitative outcome improvements for existing programming or proposed program outcome goals for new programming would be included with successful proposal requests. The deadline for this grant round is ongoing, with proposals reviewed every two months.

Please click here for more information and to apply.


Metropolitan Springfield Community Innovation Grants

A total of $50,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Community Innovation Grant program, with a $10,000 to $12,000 range for proposal consideration. Possible categories under the “Community Innovation” grant opportunity may include:

• Environmental and stewardship strategies designed to fulfill present and future community needs;
• Innovative solutions to new challenges in the nonprofit landscape;
• Programs which address emerging issues in Springfield and Greene County;
• Local community development issues such as revitalization of the built environment or the development of urban green spaces;
• Other emerging community needs identified by the requesting agency

Proposals should reference “best practices” for any of the program categories submitted or substantive supporting references for innovative program outcomes in comparable settings.

Proposals should focus on efforts designed to enhance existing programming with a record of success meeting needs, or, in the case of new program strategies, has a demonstrative potential for affecting those concerns through the requesting agency’s past programming practice or outside agency outcomes. Matching funds are not required.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

• The effectiveness of the existing programming or potential for success for new programming through previously successful program outcomes;
• The impact of the program on existing community needs or potential for impact for innovative programming on emerging community needs.

Deadline has passed


Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is participating in a collaborative opportunity funded by the Darr Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Musgrave Foundation. This program, managed by the Darr Family Foundation, will focus on kindergarten readiness and addressing the achievement and opportunities gaps in the Springfield Greene County region. Proposals are due on September 15, 2017 no later than 5:00 p.m.

View the RFP here

For questions about this program, contact Heather Zoromski, Executive Director of the Darr Family Foundation at hzoromski@darrfbc.com or 417-888-1495.


Springfield-Greene County Classroom Innovation Grant Program

Grant proposals of up to $2,500 may be submitted for consideration in the Springfield Greene County Classroom Innovation Grant Program.  This grant opportunity supports programming and teaching methodology within the participating district’s classrooms that foster an environment of innovation and creativity for students. Grant proposals under consideration must advocate for creativity, community, and collaboration as key components to classroom instruction and address changing classroom environments and changing needs for our future workforce. These grants support learning opportunities that reflect and promote these principles and essential skills. Grants may be submitted by teachers, staff or principals in public schools in Springfield, Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Logan-Rogersville, Pleasant Hope, Republic, Strafford and Willard school districts, or any private schools in Greene County.

For more details and criteria on this grant program, please view the grant application.


Arts and Culture Grant Program

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to partner with the Springfield Regional Arts Council through the Springfield Greene County Arts and Culture Grant Program. The Arts and Culture grant program provides funding support, collaborative partnership opportunities, and program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are members of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Proposals will be accepted from either existing or emerging, community focused arts or cultural agencies which, for purposes of eligibility, are defined as newly formed or existing organizations that may be re-structuring, re-branding, or re-defining their artistic or cultural missions. Member agencies that have previously received Category 1 or Category 2 support may re-apply.

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