2018-19 Metropolitan Springfield Grants

The Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program offers these grant cycles. Read below for specifics and click the gray bar to apply for any of the rounds listed.

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.



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.


Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to achieving positive impact with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity in the Springfield-Greene County community. Ideal candidates for the Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program will work to bring awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life for individuals that are under-served and underrepresented. Organizations which work to build partnerships with others within the community will be given priority. Ideal candidates will positively impact individuals within under-served and underrepresented individuals while also improving community awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion.

A total of $60,000 is available in the Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program, with awards capped at $15,000.


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.


Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative

The CFO and the Darr Family Foundation have awarded this grant to The Every Child Promise and partners. It is in year two of five of funding; a new recipient will not be selected this year.

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 and Inclusion Grant Program

Grant proposals of up to $2,500 may be submitted for consideration in the Springfield Greene County Classroom Innovation and Inclusion 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.


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.