Joplin Recovery Fund Awards Almost $300,000 in Tornado Relief Grants

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri will award the first Joplin Recovery Fund grants to 18 organizations involved in post-tornado recovery efforts at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16.

The grants totaling $299,980 will be presented to the recipients at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.

The successful applicants in this grant round were narrowed from more than $900,000 in requests. The grants were recommended by a community-based volunteer sub-committee of the CFSWMO Board of Directors.

The subcommittee had to narrow the requests to the $300,000 approved for this first grant round. A second grant cycle is expected to be announced for this fall. The grants were awarded to groups either directly affected by the May 22 tornado, or those experiencing increased caseloads. Eligible applicants included non-profit agencies, churches, schools, universities and municipalities.

Support for these grants was provided by private donations to the Joplin Recovery Fund, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Tulsa Community Foundation, and the Minnesota-based Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The Joplin Recovery Fund was established and seeded by the CFSWMO and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks on May 23 to focus on mid- to long-term recovery efforts for the Joplin area non-profit community.

The grants were made to:

• Ozark Center for Autism – $25,000 to serve 50 children and teens.

• Joplin Habitat for Humanity – $8,000 to support the construction team working to build 10 homes for tornado survivors.

• Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri – $9,950 for child-care “scholarships” and transportation costs to assist 20 families affected by tornado.

• Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri/Joplin office – $25,000 for paralegal staffing costs to assist more tornado survivors with legal issues.

• Community Clinic – $20,000 to provide 20 counseling clinics and 10 group sessions for uninsured tornado survivors.

• Jasper County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) – $25,000 to support needs for families not covered by FEMA, insurance or other resources.

• Joplin Family YMCA – $11,700 for assistance in providing childcare for infants to two-year-olds displaced by tornado.

• Community Support Services – $24,330 to rehab and make ADA-accessible replacement housing for group home residents.

• Carl Junction Education Foundation – $25,000 for weekend food backpacks, schools supplies, and staff training to support Joplin students displaced by tornado.

• ARC of the Ozarks – $10,000 for support of new space to replace office destroyed by tornado.

• Preferred Family Health Care – $15,000 to assist families in visiting their teenage children in residential substance-abuse programs who were relocated to other Missouri cities after tornado.

• Salvation Army – $25,000 to support case management services to tornado survivors.

• House of Hope – $15,000 to support counseling and mentoring to teens affected by tornado.

• Duenweg Fire Department – $10,000 to maintain fire staffing and equipment.

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks – $6,000 to support training and activities for mentoring program after facility destroyed in tornado.

• Independent Living Center – $15,000 for support and services to assist tornado survivors.

• Children’s Haven – $25,000 to help provide a safe play environment for children displaced by tornado.

• George A. Spiva Center for the Arts – $5,000 for programming to sustain art therapy for children affected by tornado.