The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will offer $560,000 in competitive grants for 2013-14, an increase of about 15 percent over the past year’s grantmaking.
Application and deadline information is now available at: www.cfozarks.org/grants.
This year’s grantmaking cycles include several new categories and revisions of previous categories. The general programming areas include:
Metro Springfield: Grant cycles continue for Early Childhood, Community Innovation and the Community Response Challenge Grants, the latter of which are matching-grant opportunities linked to red flags identified in the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, which will be released in September.
New categories include grants for innovative K-12 school projects for Springfield Public Schools and other Greene County school districts and private schools; and Performance Achievement grants, which offer additional support for successful projects funded by 2012-13 CFO grants.
A total of $275,000 is available for Metro Springfield grantmaking.
Coover Regional: This partnership between the CFO and The Commerce Trust Co. to administer the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Grantmaking Program will offer $200,000 for proposals from outside of Greene County. This year’s cycle broadens the recent focus on poverty issues to consider proposals related to any of the subject areas supported by the CFO.
Senior Issues: The CFO will again partner with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board to award grants to improve the quality of life for senior citizens. The CFO will offer $40,000, which will be matched or exceeded by the Senior Services’ Board.
Arts & Culture: Up to $20,000 will be available for arts and culture grants, which will be administered this year by the Springfield Regional Arts Council.
Agency Partners: $25,000 is available to the CFO’s nonprofit partners for proposals related to endowment building or technical needs.
In addition to these competitive, discretionary grantmaking funds, the CFO also offers competitive grants through its Rural Schools Partnership program and “field-of-interest” opportunities linked to specific donor intentions, such as youth orthodontics and support for families dealing with chronic or terminal illness or other crises.