CFO opens 2015-16 grantmaking program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2015-16 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

This year’s grant program includes two new cycles. The Collective Impact grants will award up to $30,000 for proposals that offer collaborative approaches to red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus reports for Springfield-Greene County. The CFO also will offer a large-scale collaborative grant to pilot sustainable solutions to reduce the number of people living in poverty in Metro Springfield. Details regarding a request for proposals for that grant will be released in October.

Several previous Metro Springfield grant cycles will continue for innovative community projects, innovative classroom projects for public and private schools in Greene County, arts and culture in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and senior issues in partnership with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board.

The CFO, in partnership with The Commerce Trust Co., will increase the funding available for the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover regional grantmaking program to address needs in rural communities. In addition, the Coover program will offer grants for place-based education projects that connect schools and rural communities.

These discretionary grants are made possible by generous donors who make unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO. Organizations serving the CFO’s region with 501(c)3 or equivalent nonprofit status, such as faith or government, are eligible to apply for grants. For more information on all of the CFO’s grant programs, visit: http://cfozarks.org/cfo-grantmaking-programs/

The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation with assets of $263 million as of March 31, 2015. The CFO works to advance philanthropy through a network of private donors, 46 affiliate foundations and more than 500 nonprofit partners throughout its service region south of the Missouri River.

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