Second round of Rural Ozarks Health Initiative grants now open

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health have launched the second phase of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations.

In each of the next three years, the CFO will make 10 grants of $10,000 (a total of $300,000 over the course of three years) to rural affiliates in the CFO’s network to address locally identified health issues. Those rural affiliates (defined as areas that do not include a city with a population of more than 50,000, which excludes Springfield and Joplin in the CFO’s service area), in conjunction with local civic and health care leadership, are invited to apply for these grants at, with applications due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 5. Each $10,000 grant is intended to serve as a pool to be distributed to local nonprofits at the affiliate’s direction.

The cities selected for the first phase of ROHI – three-year $150,000 program grants awarded last month to Carthage, Monett, and Cassville – are not eligible for this second round of grants.

“We are so pleased to again partner with Missouri Foundation for Health to help improve health outcomes in the rural Ozarks,” said CFO President Brian Fogle. “This initiative builds on our affiliate foundations’ strengths of knowing their local challenges and opportunities, and complements the mission of MFH of improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities most in need.”

The CFO has a network of 49 affiliate foundations across central and southern Missouri. Information about the affiliate network is available at:

More information about ROHI is available at:

This grant program was developed by Missouri Foundation for Health and the CFO because of a disparity in health indicators between urban and rural areas of Missouri and the scarcity of grant resources available for rural issues in general.

“There are a number of underlying determinants that shape health and how it affects one’s quality of life,” said Dr. Robert Hughes, president and CEO of MFH. “As we continue to further our work and our reach within rural communities, we’re looking forward to exploring the new ideas communities in Missouri have for improving their health.”

About Missouri Foundation for Health: Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

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 $282 million as of Sept. 30, 2017.