Competitive grant cycles open for 2016-17

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2016-17 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

This year’s grant program includes one new cycle. The Metropolitan Springfield “Play, Learn, Grow” Early Childhood Program will make a total of $20,000 available (up to $5,000 per recipient) to support the purchase of imaginative play equipment and learning environments at early childhood centers serving low-income families. Applicants must be 501(c)3 or equivalent nonprofits, accept child-care subsidy and must be participants in the child-care food program.

The 2016-17 grants also include a second year of Collective Impact grants, which will award up to $30,000 for proposals that offer collaborative approaches to red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. A second year of funding for The Northwest Project, a large-scale grant between Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University announced in April, also is part of this year’s CFO grants budget.

Several long-running Metro Springfield grant cycles continue for innovative community projects, innovative classroom projects for public and private schools in Greene County, arts and culture in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and senior issues in partnership with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board.

For the CFO’s rural partners, this year’s Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership with The Commerce Trust Co., will make $250,000 available for needs in rural communities. Applicants should note that Coover Regional Grant applications will not be accepted this year until a three-month period beginning Nov. 17.

These discretionary grants are made possible by generous donors who make unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO. Organizations serving the CFO’s region with 501(c)3 or equivalent nonprofit status, such as faith or government, are eligible to apply for grants. For more information on all of the CFO’s grant programs, visit: