The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $50,000 in Metro Springfield Community Innovation grants to five projects on Friday, Nov. 10.
The grant recipients are:
- Springfield Community Gardens: $12,000 to train backyard growers and urban farmers how to increase production.
- Stars for Autism: $4,500 to expand its “Autism Info-Blast” project to include training seminars and free resource materials.
- Diaper Bank of the Ozarks: $10,600 to educate families and provide starter kits to encourage using cloth diapers.
- Hear Our Voice: $11,900 to start a pilot program on civic responsibility, voter education and volunteerism at Reed Academy and Central High School next fall.
- RIDE417: $11,000 to start a safe-ride program for undergraduate and graduate students.
The grant committee was comprised of Bud Greve, Chair; Tim Rosenbury, Richard Russell; Margo Spilde, Summer Trottier, and Brooke Widmar.
This grant cycle is made possible by the generosity of donors who make discretionary or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO.