CFO Grants: Getting Started

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation that includes grantmaking as part of its core mission. A number of grant cycles are available throughout the year. Please review the list below to determine if your potential proposal meets criteria for a grant cycle. All grants must be awarded to 501(c)3 or equivalent education/government/faith nonprofit entities or fiscal agents. Grants are only awarded to agencies located within the 58 counties of Missouri located south of the Missouri River.

The CFO’s grant cycles run from July 1-June 30. Grant information for each fiscal year is updated after July 1.

To review successful projects from previous cycles, please visit the Grantmaking History section.

Each individual grant has an online application, unless otherwise specified.

This list includes three sections: Metro Springfield; Regional and Field-of-Interest.

Metro Springfield:

These grants will be awarded to eligible agencies in Springfield and Greene County, Missouri.

Community Innovation: Supports innovation in addressing community needs. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Play, Learn, Grow Early Childhood Program: To support the purchase of imaginative play equipment and learning environments which enhance learning at nonprofit early childhood centers which serve low income families. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016

Collective Impact Grants: For collaborative approaches to address “red-flag” issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2016

Classroom Innovation: Grants support an environment of innovation and creativity for K-12 students in public or private schools in Greene County. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2016

Arts & Culture: These CFO grants are administered by the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Please click here for more information.

Senior Issues: The CFO partners with the Greene County Senior Services Tax Fund Board to fund proposals to improve the health, nutrition and quality of life for Greene County residents 60 and over. Please click here for more information and to apply.


Coover Regional: The CFO partners with The Commerce Trust Company to administer the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover grantmaking program for new and innovative proposals that address regional needs through advocacy, public education or capacity building. This is for agencies within the CFO’s service region that are outside of Greene County. This grant program will not open for application until November 17, 2016, with applications due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017. Applications may not be submitted until November 17, 2016. Please check back at that time for a link to the online application.

Coover Place-Based Education: The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover grantmaking program also offers grants for place-based education projects for school districts that are members of the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership. Deadline: TBA

Affiliate Grantmaking: Many of the CFO’s 46 regional affiliate foundations operate their own community grantmaking programs with varying application criteria and deadlines. Click here for more information.


Specialty Grants:

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)
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)

Grantmaking Resources

Grant Progress Report (file online)

Grant Progress Report (Word doc)

CFO Logo Use Guidelines (Word doc)

CFO Logos for Grant Promotion Use (JPG) –





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