2019–20 CFO Grantmaking Programs

CFO supports community grantmaking programs throughout central and southern Missouri. These efforts include affiliate community foundations, Metropolitan Springfield, the Missouri Ozarks region, the Youth Empowerment Project program and various specialized fund and grant rounds. The CFO’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and grant programs and deadlines for upcoming fiscal year are announced in early July each year. We invite you to look at all opportunities. Please contact Vice President of Programs Bridget Dierks at bdierks@cfozarks.org with any questions.

Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program

Metropolitan Springfield grant programs are exclusively for agencies serving Springfield and Greene County. Many of these programs support innovative concepts, encourage collective impact models and focus on addressing the Red Flags identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.

Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program

A partnership with The Commerce Trust Co. to fund collaborative projects addressing needs in the rural Ozarks. Eligible organizations with regional service areas primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply.

The Northwest Project

The Northwest Project, a five year program to measurably impact poverty for families in northwest Springfield, is underway. The collaboration selected to direct this effort is led by the Drew Lewis Foundation, Missouri State University, and Drury University. For more information about this project, please visit www.cfozarks.org/northwest.

Arts and Culture Grants

Grants dedicated to Ozarks arts organizations, administered by the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Senior Issues Grants

Partnership with Greene County Senior Services Board to help agencies with senior-specific projects.

Deadline: Ongoing

Youth Empowerment Project Grants

Grants administered by regional YEP chapters. See your school’s “chapter” page or sponsor for more information.

Deadlines: Ongoing


More than $1.3 million in annual college scholarships for students from across the Ozarks.

Deadlines: Ongoing

Specialty Grants

The Community Foundation of Ozarks manages specialty grant funds established by donors who would like to have a positive impact on a specific field of donor interest. These funds are for a large spectrum of community needs and are sometimes relatively specific in their purpose.  Please note the following grant programs and their purposes, which have varying due dates.

  • Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Memorial Orthodontic Grant (youth orthodontics)
  • Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund (family emergency support)
  • Explore the Ozarks Fund Grant (access to experiential conservation education opportunities for K-12 students in the Ozarks)
  • L.E.A.H. (Lending Every Amputee Hope) Grant (assistance for those with current or ongoing need need of care for amputation)
  • Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts (artist support in Ripley, Clay, or Butler County)
  • Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund (reimbursement grants to support indigent cremation)
  • The Ellis Fund (pediatric cancer support)
  • Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation (pediatric cancer support)
  • Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired
  • Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund (support for women making a career change in midlife)
  • William E. Eslick Fund (for Greene County Southern Baptist Churches)
  • The Senior and Dorinda’s Dream Funds (end-of-life wishes)
  • Norma A Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund (hospice nurse education program)
  • Helen M. Delano Fund (firefighter and police officer crisis support)
  • The Caplan Holocaust Fund (Holocaust education support)
  • The Kramer Holocaust Fund (Holocaust education support)
  • MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN MSN and Linda L. Duncan (multiple sclerosis support)
  • The Wounded War Veterans Grant Program
  • The Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program (for agencies in Greene County)

Details and applications for these programs are found on the Specialty Grants page