Meramec Regional Community Foundation

Photo of scholarship recipients from the Belle R-2 school district



Contact Information: 4 Industrial Dr. St. James, Missouri 65559

Established June 4, 2010

A photo from a Meramec Regional Community Foundation board meeting

Organizing Board Officers:
Vicki Lange – Chair (Osage County)
Joanne Zap – Vice Chair (MRCF At-Large)
Vacancy – Secretary/Treasurer (Crawford County)
Wendy Young (Phelps County)
Vacancy (Gasconade County)
Cindy Merx (Washington County)
Vacancy (MRPC At-Large)
Gary Brown (Dent County)
Barbara Schaller (Maries County)
Randy Becht (Pulaski County)
Steve Vogt (MRPC At-Large)
Bonnie Prigge (MRPC Executive Director)

Foundation Coordinator: Maria Bancroft,, (573) 265-2993, ext. 114

For more information, contact Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, at (573) 265-2993.

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2019): $2,923,699

Community Grantmaking

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation will begin taking applications for its 2020 Community Grantmaking program beginning on Oct. 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted through the online application system by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. For more information, contact Maria Bancroft, MRCF foundation coordinator, at (573) 265-2993, ext. 114.

MRCF Community Grant 2019 Recipients

Richwoods R-VII School District, $250 for the after school snack program
Belle Elementary School, $250 for the coats and tennis shoes program
Osage R-1 School District, $250 for The Pirate Tinkerlab project
Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation, $250 for the Duke Rural Fire Department’s new fire station
Bourbon Boosters, $250 for a new ADA park ramp
Ozark Actors Theatre, $250 for the Summer Theatre Academy program

MRCF Community Grant 2018 Recipients

Ya Ya’s of Belle Inc., $250 for the City of Belle’s park and arena improvements project
Caledonia Community Foundation, Inc., $250 for the Village of Caledonia’s park improvements project
Dent County Community Foundation, $250 for the City of Salem’s clean-up and beautification project
ART Works on MAIN Gallery, $250 for the art room renovation project
University of Missouri Extension-Crawford County Extension Council, $250 for the City of Steelville’s artist and farmers community event project
CASA of South Central Missouri, $250 for the volunteer recruitment event project

MRCF Community Grant 2017 Recipients

Washington County Community Partnership, $250, Bathroom Renovations
Newburg Community Revitalization Program, $250, Community Park Improvements
Bonebrake Center of Nature and History, $250, Public Bathroom Renovation
Esther’s House of Redemption, $250, Freedom Outreach Program
Owensville Chamber of Commerce, $250, Downtown Benches
Salvation Army of Pulaski County, $250, Food and Shelter Program

MRCF Community Grant 2016 Recipients

The Community Partnership, $250, Literacy Program
Pulaski County Growth Alliance, $250, Route 66 Neon Park for Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation
Osage Arts Community Inc., $250, Flags for Belle Downtown Beautification Project
University of Missouri Extension – Dent County, $250, Green Forest School Garden
Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, $250, Sweepers
Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood, $250 (pictured)

MRCF Community Grant 2015 Recipients

Regional Opera Company ($3,907 for flood repairs)
Maries County R2 Schools Foundation
($250 to support Steak-Night Scholarship Fundraiser)
Salvation Army of Pulaski County ($250 to support local shelter and food pantry) (Photo at right)
Heartland Independent Living Center ($250 to support the Store-A-Key program)
Caring Hearts Pregnancy Resource Center ($250 to support the Spring Banquet Fundraiser)
Chamois Industrial Development Corporation ($250 to support the local backpack and schools supplies program)
Phelps County Humane Society ($250 to support new website)

MRCF Community Grant 2014 Recipients

Pulaski County COAD, ($7,806)
The Community Partnership
($250 to support early childhood reading)
Caledonia Community Betterment Youth Organization ($250 for an anti-bullying program)
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church ($250 to help with flood relief)
Sullivan High School SADD ($250 to support Cody’s Gift presentation)
Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County ($250 for a baby diaper project)
Maries R2 PTO/Archery ($250 for National Archery in Kentucky)

MRCF Community Grant 2013 Recipients

Owensville Area Community Foundation ($250 to support their grant making fund)
Maries R-II School Foundation ($250 to support of their Fall Open House to promote their foundation)
Court Appointed Special Advocate – CASA Rolla ($250 to support background, mileage reimbursement and drug testing for 7 advocate volunteers)
Potosi United Methodist Food Pantry ($250 to support the food pantry to purchase food items for the pantry)
Dixon High Family Career and Community Leaders of America ($300 to support the prevention of smokeless tobacco school program)

News and Updates

For the latest MRPC and MRCF news and events, find them on Facebook at or visit the MRPC website at

Fiscal Year 2017–18 in Review

Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) has established 54 funds that now value $1,388,682. That is a $279,781 increase from the 2016–17 fiscal year.

MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield. The regional affiliate was formed in 2010 with the purpose of providing a vehicle for giving, building local resources, enhancing quality of life in the region, advocating for charitable giving, investing for future generations and promoting local philanthropy. Its 12-member board includes representation from each of the eight Meramec counties and from MRPC. Vicki Lange of Osage County serves as president of MRCF.

In the past year, MRCF was able to award six community grants at $250 each, totaling $1,500. These grants helped with community parks improvements, clean up and beautification projects, volunteer recruitment for a local organization, an artist rendezvous event and renovations to an art classroom.

“MRCF provides our counties and cities with local tools to build unique sustainable funds to address and solve community problems,” Maria Bancroft, MRCF coordinator. “Charitable giving encourages others to give collaboratively to address local needs, develops a sense of responsibility and strengthens the quality of life for its residents.”

The foundation also awarded 18 scholarships in 2018. These scholarships were awarded to region’s graduating seniors and totaled $17,000. The foundation received 124 applications for 11 different scholarships during the process.

“We are excited about the growth of MRCF,” said Bonnie Prigge executive director of MRPC and an MRCF board member. “In eight short years, we have built a $1.4 million portfolio. We have seen a strong interest in scholarship funds to benefit the youth of our region, and because of the work we are doing now, we expect that to continue into the future. It is so important that we invest in our youth.”

Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:

ABLE Senior Center Fund
Shirley Andrew Memorial Fund
Mae, Grace, and George Bacon Scholarship Fund
Behind the Curtain Fund
Belle Lions Club Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of David R. Sassmann
Bluebird Gardens Charitable Fund
Caledonia Alumni Fund
Camp David Financial Reserve Fund
CASA Endowment Fund
CASA of South-Central Missouri Capacity Fund
Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service
Linda Clift Memorial Fund
Cole-Mahan Scholarship Fund
The Community Partnership (Rolla)
Forum Dental Charitable Fund
Crawford County Disaster Relief Fund
Dent County Disaster Relief Fund
Gasconade County Disaster Relief Fund
Groves Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jean Henry Fund
Hope Alliance Fund
Kaeding-Winter Scholarship Fund
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center Fund
Ted and Edna Leffler Scholarship Fund
Maries County Disaster Relief Fund
Maries County R-II Archery Club Scholarship Fund
Maries County R2 Project Graduation Fund
Maries R-2 PTO Scholarship Fund
Maries County R-II Schools Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Maries County R-II Schools Foundation Fund
Meramec Regional Community Foundation Capacity Building Fund
Meramec Regional Community Foundation Community Grantmaking Fund
Meramec Regional Planning Commission Capacity Fund
The Claude & Irene Morgan Scholarship Fund
MRPC Mobility Management Voucher Program Fund
Newburg Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund
Osage County Disaster Relief Fund
Owensville Area Capacity Building Fund
Ozark Actors Theatre Endowment Fund
Party/Butler Family Scholarship Fund
Phelps County Flood Relief Fund
Phelps County Humane Society Building Fund
Phelps County PHA Capacity Building Fund
Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund
Phelps County Senior Center Fund
Rolla Dog Park Fund
Route 66 Neon Park Development Fund
The Ruth and Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund
The Ruth & Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund 2
Rolla Nutrition Site Fund
Rotary Club of Pulaski County Giving Fund
S.A.V.E. New Animal Shelter Building Fund
S.A.V.E. Rolla Area Aninmal Shelter Endowment Fund
Schierloh Family Fund for Maries County R-II Schools
Schierloh Family Fund for State Technical College of Missouri
Alan D. and Yvonne L. Skouby Scholarship Fund
Vichy Fire Department Fund
Washington County Partnership Fund
Washington County Disaster Relief Fund

Legacy Society Members

Shawn and Maria Bancroft
Richard and Jeanne Cavender
Lucia Flaim
Mike* and Virgie Mahan
Stephen and Joanne Zap


Sustaining Members 2018–2019

Wayne and Jo Lynn Parry
Wendy and Gary Young
Richard and Jeanne Cavender
Three Rivers Electric Cooperative

Maries County RII School District