Grant Information

The following grants have been made to Joplin-area nonprofits from the Joplin Recovery Fund. Grant applications are now awarded on a rolling basisApplications can be filed online, or contact Louise Knauer at; or call 417-864-6199 for more information.

Joplin Recovery Grant to Fund Case Worker Position for Office on Aging

A recent $20,800 grant from the Joplin Recovery fund to the Region 10 Office on Aging will fund a case worker position for the agency, which has exhausted great resources while helping seniors recover from the tornado of May 22, 2011. Studies show seniors were, proportionally, very hard hit by the storm. You can read more about the JRF grant at the Joplin Globe’s website.

Joplin Recovery Fund Housing Grant Round: March 8, 2012

Members of the Rebuild Joplin collaborative group. Front row: Orlan Martin, Kate Massey, CFSWMO President Stephanie Howard, Maura Taylor. Back row: Jay St. Clair, Scott Clayton, Brian Ross, Steve Patterson, Lowell Lane.

The Long-Term Recovery Committee and Rebuild Joplin were recipients of a $1.5 million grant on Thursday for building materials to meet this goal. The grant was one of five given to Joplin-area agencies on Thursday at The Mystery Church as part of $1.925 million The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri awarded in Joplin Recovery Fund grants to support affordable housing-related projects. These grants are made possible by the generosity of donors to the Joplin Recovery Fund, as well as the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Home Depot Foundation, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

The grants were announced at a meeting of the Long-Term Recovery Committee. The grants were awarded to:

Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee/ Rebuild Joplin: $1.5 million building materials and supplies to rebuild and repair 100 homes in 2012. The nine partner agencies include: Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild Joplin, Fuller Center for Housing, Mennonite Disaster Services, Catholic Charities, Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, Spring River Baptist Association, College Heights Christian Church, and Joplin Family Worship

Rebuild Joplin/SBP: $250,000 to repair and rebuild homes in Joplin and Duquesne  for tornado survivors using SBP’s construction model for post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity: $125,000 for storm shelters for Habitat homes

Mennonite Disaster Services: $40,000 to support 620 volunteers (or 2,650 days of labor) at the MDS “camp” in Joplin with dormitory-style lodging, basic substantial meals, and transportation to work sites

New Creation Church: $10,000 to purchase supplies and build storage sheds for those who lost their homes in the tornado.

Additionally, on March 8, $110,975 in additional, non-housing grants were awarded to other Joplin Area Agencies, including:

Mercy Hospital $33,320 to provide counseling and disaster recovery support groups and resources

Children’s Haven: $20,820 for training, licensing additional child care providers for increased volume since tornado

YMCA $35,045 f:or support for the one-stop Human Services Campus at the FEMA Temporary Housing site

Wildcat Glades $21,790 to provide native shrubs and trees and consumer education for residents affected by the tornado


Joplin Tornado Recovery Fund Grant Cycle: Sept. 13, 2011

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri’s Board of Directors awarded the first Joplin Tornado Recovery Fund grant cycle on September 13, 2011. The cycle awarded grants totaling about $300,000 to non-profit agencies, schools, and churches in the four-county region served by CFSWMO – Jasper, Newton, Barton and McDonald counties.

Support for these grants was provided by private donations to the Joplin Recovery Fund, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Minnesota-based Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The grants were made to:

Ozark Center for Autism – $25,000 to serve 50 children and teens.

Joplin Habitat for Humanity – $8,000 to support the construction team working to build 10 homes for tornado survivors.

Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri – $9,950 for child-care “scholarships” and transportation costs to assist 20 families affected by tornado.

Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri/Joplin office – $25,000 for paralegal staffing costs to assist more tornado survivors with legal issues.

Community Clinic – $20,000 to provide 20 counseling clinics and 10 group sessions for uninsured tornado survivors.

Jasper County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) – $25,000 to support needs for families not covered by FEMA, insurance or other resources.

Joplin Family YMCA– $11,700 for assistance in providing childcare for infants to two-year-olds displaced by tornado.

Community Support Services– $24,330 to rehab and make ADA-accessible replacement housing for group home residents.

Carl Junction Education Foundation – $25,000 for weekend food backpacks, schools supplies, and staff training to support Joplin students displaced by tornado.

ARC of the Ozarks – $10,000 for support of new space to replace office destroyed by tornado.

Preferred Family Health Care – $15,000 to assist families in visiting their teenage children in residential substance-abuse programs who were relocated to other Missouri cities after tornado.

Salvation Army – $25,000 to support case management services to tornado survivors.

House of Hope – $15,000 to support  counseling and mentoring to teens affected by tornado.

Duenweg Fire Department – $10,000 to maintain fire staffing and equipment.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters – $6,000 to support training and activities for mentoring program after facility destroyed in tornado.

Independent Living Center – $15,000 for support and services to assist tornado survivors.

Children’s Haven – $25,000 to help provide a safe play environment for children displaced by tornado.

SPIVA – $5,000 for programming to sustain art therapy for children affected by tornado.