Specialty Grants

ATTENTION: The information below is for the 2018–19 program.

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

The Weaver Orthodontic Grant provides three scholarships annually for full treatment orthodontic services for individuals age 10–30 in the southern Missouri Ozarks region who meet specific criteria.

Click here to learn more about the Weaver Program and download the application form.

Due Date: March 31, 2020
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund

This fund is designed to support unmet emergency needs resulting from health/medical emergencies, inability to work due to medical personal or family emergency, needs resulting from natural disasters or fire.  The application, including instructions, can be downloaded below in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Proof of financial need is required. Only applications with invoices included will be considered for this grant program.

Due Date: This fund is not taking applications at this time.
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Explore the Ozarks Fund Grant

The Explore the Ozarks Fund is dedicated to creating and providing access to experiential conservation education opportunities for K-12 students in the Ozarks.

Grants made from the Fund for conservation education must be matched by the grantee/receiving organization on a 1:1 basis. Match dollars must be substantiated to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and must include additional dollars raised not in-kind support.

Conservation education grants may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation costs for field trips/experiential learning 

  • Field trip entry costs for students and teachers
  • Programming and curriculum design, construction, materials and training

Apply for this program online

Due Date: Ongoing
Contact for this program: Winter Kinne, (417) 864-6199


The L.E.A.H. (Lending Every Amputee Hope) Fund

Application for assistance is based on current or on going need of amputation. Applications for assistance will be individually evaluated by a committee after completion of this form and verification from your health care provider of medical condition.  Preference is given to but not limited to those residing in Southwest Missouri. Maximum amount available is $150 per year/per person to be used towards but not limited to medical/DME supplies or items from prosthetic companies to improve the quality of life for individuals with challenges associated with limp amputation.

Due Date: Ongoing
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts

The Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts provides one $2,500 grant annually to an artist who resides in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Ark. This grant program is designed to promote the visual arts in this region by providing grant funding to an artist who exhibits potential and/or is an established artist.

Due Date: May 15, 2020
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund

The Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund was established in 2007 by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court to help the CFO reimburse county or city governments to help cover the cost of indigent cremation. The case settlement was split between three community foundations in the state, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Each community foundation serves a geographical area of the state; the CFO’s is 58 counties south of the Missouri river.

Learn more about the Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Zach Clapper, (417) 864-6199


The Ellis Fund

The Ellis Fund is designed to assist families in need with a child (18 or younger) diagnosed with cancer with expenses beyond their ability to pay. Families residing in Greene, Barry, Christian, Stone, and Taney counties are eligible to apply for assistance. Families who have outstanding medical bills for a child in remission, yet there are still follow-up medical appointments, also will be considered for support. The application, including instructions, can be downloaded:

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation

The Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation has been created to assist families in need with a child (18 or younger) diagnosed with cancer with expenses beyond their ability to pay. Preference is given to but not limited to those residing in Christian, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Jasper, Newton, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties. Maximum amount available is $1,000 per year. The application, including instructions, can be downloaded below:

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired

The Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired supports a nonprofit agency located in the CFO service area which provides programming to assist individuals in the Ozarks who are hearing impaired. Equipment, programming, or training to assist hearing impaired individuals are eligible for application. Approximately $500 will be available to one agency for this program for 2019.

Apply for this grant program. (Search for “Lennie Cloud.”)

Due date: May 15, 2020
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Jerry and Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund

The Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund will provide one grant of up to $1,000 to support a Springfield, Mo., woman in mid-life who is working to change the course of her life and take more control over what happens to her.  Preference will be given to women in poverty who are nonwhite or who have a physical or mental disability. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through a nonprofit organization; the grant will be provided to the nonprofit organization to administer.

Due date: May 15, 2020
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


William E. Eslick Fund (for Greene County Southern Baptist Churches)

The William E. Eslick Fund supports capital projects for Southern Baptist Churches located in Greene County, Missouri. Grant applications must not include operational costs; funds can be requested as part of a larger capital project. The Eslick Fund will provide $1,000 to one Greene County, Missouri Southern Baptist Church in 2019.

Apply for this grant program. (Search for “Eslick”)

Due date: May 15, 2020
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


The Senior and Dorinda’s Dream Funds (end-of-life wishes)

The Dorinda’s Dream Fund and the Senior Dream Fund were established to provide financial support for end-of-life wishes of adults diagnosed with a terminal illness who are under hospice care. The Dorinda’s Dream fund supports patients who are between the ages of 18-65; the Senior Dreams Fund supports patients over the age of 65. These funds primarily support partial or full airline ticket costs of a loved one or a applicant/patient to make a final connection before the passing of said patient; however, applications for a meaningful activity for the patient may also be submitted. Funds will be distributed through the applicant’s hospice care provider.

Apply for this grant program

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Norma A. Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund (Hospice nurse education program)

The Norma A. Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund supports continuing education efforts of hospice nurses in the Springfield area. Partial or total reimbursement may be made to attend continuing education programs and conferences. Applicants must be employees of a Medicare certified hospice program. Payment will be made to hospice nurse employer upon submission of receipts by recipient.

Apply for this grant program

Due date: ongoing
Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Helen M. Delano Fund

The Helen M. Delano Fund supports the families of Springfield firefighters or police officers injured or killed in the line of duty. Two $2,000 grants (one each to support a firefighter and a police officer) will be provided in 2019. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through the City of Springfield or the local police or firefighter union; grant will be provided to the organization to administer.

To apply for this grant, please write a letter of request along with a letter of recommendation from your Chief of Police or Fire Chief to:

Ellen Neville-Verdugo
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801

Due date: ongoing


The Caplan Holocaust Fund

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks invites educators, faith leaders, and concerned individuals to visit and learn at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in order to educate others about the Nazi Holocaust and other historic and contemporary genocides and other war crimes. This grant program provides funds via reimbursement of a 501(c)3 organizations or other IRS approved charitable entities (government entities, school districts, and churches) to support travel (mileage), hotel accommodation, and a per diem food expense for individuals to attend the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. This grant is available to the entire CFO service area.

Click here to apply for this grant program.

Due date: Ongoing


The Kramer Holocaust Fund

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks invites educators, faith leaders, and concerned individuals to visit and learn at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in order to educate others about the Nazi Holocaust and other historic and contemporary genocides and other war crimes.. This grant program provides funds via reimbursement of a 501(c)3 organizations or other IRS approved charitable entities (government entities, school districts, and churches) to support travel (flight from Springfield, MO to Washington, D.C.), hotel accommodation, and a per diem food expense for individuals to attend the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. This grant is available only to residents of Springfield-Greene County.

Click here to apply for this grant program.

Due date: Ongoing


MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN, MSN, and Linda L. Duncan

This fund supports patients living with multiple sclerosis who are patients of Jordan Valley Health Center.  To learn more about this program, contact Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199

Due date: ongoing


The Wounded War Veterans Grant Program

The Wounded War Veterans Grant Program seeks to provide funding for programs that serve the needs of our wounded war veterans. This grant supports a nonprofit agency located in Southwest Missouri which provides programming to support wounded war veterans. Equipment, programming, or training to assist in supporting these individuals are eligible for application.

This grant will provide $2,000 to one agency in summer 2020.

Click here to apply for this grant program.

Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199


Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program

The Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program seeks to provide funding for programs that empower and encourage girls and young women to be involved in athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities. This grant supports a nonprofit agency located in Greene County, Missouri which provides programming to support athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities for girls and young women. Equipment, programming, or training to assist in supporting athletic and recreational opportunities for girls and young women are eligible for application.

This grant will provide $1,000 to one agency in summer 2020.

Click here to apply for this grant program.

Contact for this program: Ellen Neville-Verdugo, (417) 864-6199