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.

Click here for background information on the health challenges facing rural Missourians

Click here for the ROHI application

Note: Viewing or beginning an application will require creating an account or logging into an existing account. Please plan on accessing the grant portal through a single account.
(Click here to view a help document for creating an account)

Questions? Contact Brian Fogle,; Alice Wingo,; or Bridget Dierks, or (417) 864-6199


About the Missouri Foundation for Health: As a catalyst for change, MFH improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding. The Foundation takes a multifaceted approach to health issues, understanding that programs, policy, and collaboration all play a role in creating lasting impact.

An independent philanthropic foundation, MFH was created in the year 2000, following Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri’s conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status. It is the largest organization of its kind in the state and among the largest in the country.

About the Community Foundation of the Ozarks: The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation that holds about 3,000 funds for donors, nonprofit partners and 49 affiliate foundations, including the Willow Springs Community Foundation. Founded in 1973, the CFO has made grants and distributions of more $300 million and currently holds assets of more than $267 million, as of June 30, 2017.