2017-18 CFO Grantmaking Programs

CFO supports community grantmaking programs throughout the Missouri Ozarks. 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 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 and collective impact models. Many programs focus on addressing the Red Flags identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.


2018 Endowment Match Challenge and Cause Momentum Cohort

The CFO is proud to present two new grantmaking programs for 2017-18, open to Springfield and regional agency partners, which will take the place this year of Give Ozarks while continuing our priorities of endowment building and online crowdfunding and marketing. Both applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.


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)
Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts (artist support in Ripley, Clay, or Butler County)
Indigent Burial Fund (reimbursement grants to support indigent burial)
Historic Preservation Society of Springfield & Greene County Grant Program
The Ellis Fund (pediatric cancer support)
Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired
Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund (support for woman 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/Kreamer Holocaust Fund (Holocaust education support)
John, Beth and Jack Raidel Fund (Springfield Public Schools home and health issues)
Leona B. Mackler Fund (Foster Grandparents in Marshall, MO)
MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN MSN and Linda L. Duncan (multiple sclerosis support)