Coover Grantmaking Program awards grants to 11 regional agencies

On Friday, February 8, 2008, the Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company, awarded $287,821 in grants to 11 agencies serving the Missouri Ozarks. Grants are awarded to agencies that address regional needs in the areas of the arts, culture, education, the environment, and health and social services.

The Coover Grantmaking Program was more competitive than ever this year. The review panel received 62 applications representing $1,668,927.50 in total requested funds.

Click here for a list of recipients.

Area Community Health Emissaries, Inc.
$11,950 This organization provides quality dental care for underserved youth in Jasper, Lawrence, Barry and Barton counties. Funds from this grant will be used major facility upgrades at the clinic, including: rewiring, plumbing, carpentry, dental chairs, rent/utilities, phone/internet, dental instruments and supplies and specialized equipment.

District III Area Agency on Aging
$30,000 The Area Agency on Aging offers and coordinates services for older adults that make independent living a viable option. This grant will support evidence-based health program Enhance Fitness, paying for staff time, travel, materials and publicity, for individuals in 13 rural Missouri counties.

Good Samaritan Care Clinic
$30,000 The Good Samaritan Care Clinic provides quality medical and dental services to uninsured individuals in South Central Missouri. Money form the Coover grant will be used for pharmacy needs, general office needs, medical and dental equipment and roof replacement.

James River Basin Partnership
$26,500 The James River Basin Partnership works to protect and improve water quality in the James River watershed at the grassroots level through specific programs and public education. Counties served include Barry, Christian, Greene, Stone, Taney and Webster. This grant will be used for watershed festivals in communities within the watershed to promote water quality awareness, including involvement at the individual level. James River Basin is also a partner in CFO’s Stewardship Ozarks Initiative.

Ozarks Family YMCA
$29,900 Using resources provided through this grant, the Ozarks Family YMCA will develop a safe, constructive after-school program for teenagers in Mountain Grove and Seymour. The grant will pay for staffing costs, educational supplies, computers, transportation and scholarships.

Polk County House of Hope
$30,000 House of Hope will enhance and expand services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Dade, Dallas, and Polk Counties. Specifically, funds will pay for staff training for advocates, client transportation, weekend hotline staff, emergency shelter staff, staff development and emergency client expenses.

Shapes Mentoring
$30,000 Shapes Mentoring provides a long-term mentor to children coping with parental incarceration. This grant will allow the organization to expand these services throughout 21 counties in Southwest Missouri. Costs associated with this program include background checks, reference checks, mentor training, applications, interviews, activities, recruitment, pre-matching process and support, contract meetings, and administration.

Springfield-Greene County Library District
$20,310 The Springfield-Greene County Library district will develop the Funding Information Center and Training Project for nonprofit organizations in five Ozarks communities served by community foundations affiliated with CFO.

Texas County Memorial Hospital
$13,872 The Texas County Memorial Hospital will implement the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program to enhance geriatric patient care. The program will serve patients from Howell, Shannon, Wright, Douglas, Phelps, Laclede and Pulaski Counties. Funds will pay for program instruction and materials for staff, assessment, onsite program management, and printed materials.

Upper White River Basin Foundation
$38,800 These resources will be sued to add four water quality monitoring sites in the region and add parameters to existing monitoring through a contract with the US Geological Survey. This is part of the Upper White River Basin Foundation’s effort to promote water quality in the rivers, lakes and streams of the Ozarks region, including Missouri and Arkansas, through research, public education and policy advocacy.

West Plains Council on the Arts
$26,489 This grant will facilitate the agency’s goal of developing a network of community folklorists serving the eastern counties of the Missouri Ozarks. Folklorists will document and preserve the Ozarks’ rich culture and history. Specific expenses to be covered with funds from this grant include staff, printed materials, digital storage media, honorariums, performance space, public education, archival supplies, internet and mileage.

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