CFO, MFH announce Rural Ozarks Health Initiative

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Foundation for Health announce the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, a new multi-year grant program to address priority health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations.

The CFO is partnering with MFH to provide $750,000 in this multi-year grant opportunity available only to rural affiliates of the CFO. Three rural communities and/or regions (defined as areas that do not include a city with a population of more than 50,000, which excludes only Springfield and Joplin in the CFO’s service area) will be selected from applications received for the three-year grant.

Highlights of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative include:

  • A $50,000 grant per community/region for three years, totaling $150,000 for each awardee;
  • A one-to-one local match is required, one-half of which can include verifiable in-kind resources. The rest must be in a cash match; and
  • A volunteer grant committee will make the selection of the three affiliate communities. The successful proposals will be based on collaboration among partners; commitment by the community or region to address the identified issue(s); demonstrated need; and ability to sustain the initiative beyond the three-year grant.

Interested affiliates, health organizations and nonprofits can learn more and view application questions and budget sheets at