First Joplin Recovery Fund Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., marked the completion of the first round of Joplin Recovery Fund grants with a presentation Friday at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. The 18 grantees received checks totaling $299,980, thanks to private donations and additional support from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The CFSWMO is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks; they jointly opened and seeded the Joplin Recovery Fund on May 23 to focus on mid- to long-term recovery needs from the May 22 tornado.