Collective Impact grants awarded to five partnerships

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded five grants totaling $120,000 for collaborative projects in Springfield-Greene County.

This is the second year for the Collective Impact grants, which are intended to encourage collaborative proposals to address community goals and issues. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have made unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO.

This year’s Collective Impact grant committee was chaired by CFO board member Jean Twitty and included: Josh Hartman, Thomas Lane, Jared Lightle, Travis Liles, Megan Morris and Todd Parnell. The grants were announced at the CFO’s Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 15.

The grants were awarded to:

Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center: $30,000 for a partnership with MSU Care and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Missouri to embed a psychotherapist and a NAMI peer support specialist at the MSU Care clinic. This allows primary-care providers to make immediate referrals to mental-health specialists. This program received a second grant this year after demonstrating success in its first year.

Ozark Greenways, Inc.: $29,000 for a partnership with Sculpture Walk Springfield, the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to install a series of permanent outdoor sculptures in Jordan Valley Park. These installations will extend the Springfield Sculpture Walk established in 2016 and are intended to encourage physical activity through walking to view sculptures in the park and throughout downtown Springfield.

Doling Neighborhood Association: $22,500 to partner with the Springfield Police Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks to assemble and manage a Block Party Tool Kit. This is a self-contained, enclosed trailer holding resources for hosting a successful and fun block party. The parties will include short presentations about establishing Neighborhood Block Watch programs.

CASA of Southwest Missouri: $8,500 to partner with the Rare Breed and the Victim Center, to support homeless teens, particularly those who have been in foster care, through advocacy, group counseling, and case management. This grant also is a continuation of a successful partnership funded in 2016.

Care to Learn: $30,000 to work with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ Crosslines and Ambassadors for Children programs, Springfield Public Schools, and the Springfield Public Schools Council of PTAs. This partnership will develop a mobile kid’s closet stocked with clothing, shoes and hygiene items to take to schools for easier access for children and families in need of these items.

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