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.

ROHI applications were due on Friday, Nov. 10.


Missouri Department of Health study (background info)

Ozarks Health Commission:

Community Commons:

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps:


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. 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.