City of Joplin wraps up First Response Fund tornado recovery grants

The City of Joplin marked another milestone along its journey of recovery from the May 2011 tornado by making the final grants from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, one of the 21 funds established at the CFO for donations after the catastrophe.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Joplin City Hall, Grant Committee Chair Phil Stinnett announced that the fund has distributed $963,650 of the total $995,951 in donations and interest. The remainder will be held for contingency until the final grants have been completed in a year. He again thanked the donors for their belief in Joplin’s recovery through nearly 1,000 gifts that ranged from $1 to $119,000.

The City of Joplin opened the fund shortly after it started receiving donations following th
e tornado. Stinnett chaired a citizens committee that established a grant process and took applications for three grant cycles to award these funds to Joplin and Duquesne nonprofit organizations.  The other members of the committee are Fred Mason, Ron Darby, Paul Teverow and Gary Duncan and City Council member Jack Golden representing the Council.

Representatives of three grant recipients – the Joplin Family Y, Joplin Habitat for Humanity, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri – described how the grants helped them serve additional clients, offer additional services and sustain their own operations after the tornado.

The CFO and its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, opened the Joplin Recovery Fund the day after the tornado for general donations to make similar grants to nonprofit agencies. That fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis, so recovery grants are still available to Joplin-area nonprofits. For more information, visit: