CFO awards first Collective Impact grants to four initiatives

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded its first-ever Metro Springfield Collective Impact grants Jan. 7.

The Collective Impact is a new cycle in the 2015-16 Metro Springfield grantmaking program. Four projects were selected from among 12 applications to receive nearly $120,000 in funding.

This new grant cycle was designed to encourage collaborative partnerships to address red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. A representative of each partnership talked about the project.

The four projects awarded grants were:

  • Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center, Missouri State University, Mercy Health System, and the National Alliance on the Mentally Ill of Southwest Missouri: $26,991 to provide integrated behavioral health services for low-income uninsured patients.
  • CASA of Southwest Missouri, the Victim Center and The Rare Breed: $30,000 to work with homeless youth who have been victims of crime.
  • Springfield Community Gardens, Grant Beach Neighborhood Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Gigglebox Project: $30,000 to improve the Grant Beach Hovey House Center.
  • Shady Dell Early Childhood Center, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Council of Churches-Child Care Aware, Every Child Promise, Mayor’s Commission for Children, OACAC-Head Start, OTC Early Childhood Center, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Springfield-Greene County Library, SPS Early Childhood, Parents As Teachers, and Early Childhood Special Education: $30,000 for the Passport to Readiness project to prepare children for kindergarten.

The grants were determined by a volunteer committee for the CFO. CFO board member Jean Twitty served as the chair and members included Carol Cruise, Josh Hartman, Thomas Lane, Travis Liles, Megan Morris and Todd Parnell.

The Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program is made possible by the generosity of donors who have made gifts that are unrestricted or designated for specific fields of interest included in the grant awards, such as education and children’s services.

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