City of Joplin Accepting Tornado Grant Applications

The City of Joplin has opened applications for its first grants from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, established at the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, the Joplin-based affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The Board of Trustees will award grants to charitable organizations and governmental entities whose proposed uses of the funds include:

  1. Relief to tornado victims
  2. Rebuilding and restoring infrastructure
  3. Enhancing disaster preparedness through improved warning and safety measures.

The funding is available thanks to the generosity of donors who wanted to support the City’s recovery efforts following the May 22, 2011 tornado. The amount of grant funds available for the first cycle of funding is $350,000.  Applications are due by 11 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2012.

To submit a grant proposal, go to

Questions should be directed to Phil Stinnett, Chairman, Joplin Tornado First Response Fund,