Metro Springfield 2012-13 Challenge Grant Recipients Selected

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks today announced that 15 Springfield nonprofit agencies will receive grants totaling $125,000 if they can raise equivalent matching funds by Feb. 8, 2013.

The Metropolitan Springfield Community Response Challenge grants were open to agencies that address “red-flag” issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. For the past several years since the 2008 recession, this grant cycle has focused on sustaining strong existing programs to help them through the economic downturn.

The grant awards are determined by a volunteer committee. This year’s members are: Co-Chairs Dr. Gloria Galanes and Dr. Tom Prater; and David Yaktine, Ferba Lofton, Tom DenOuden, Debbie Shantz and Carol Cruise.

Agencies will be awarded the challenge grants, based on the equivalent matching funds raised, at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 15.

The agencies selected for this year’s Community Response Challenge Grants are:

  • The Child Advocacy Center: $9,500 to conduct forensic interviews with possible child-abuse victims.
  • The Arc of the Ozarks: $7,500 to support program costs for its Norton Home for long-term care for medically fragile individuals with disabilities.
  • CASA of Southwest Missouri: $9,500 for costs of recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers interested in becoming children’s advocates in court.
  • Boys and Girls Town of Missouri: $7,500 to support its residential and short-term wrap-around services for children and families.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks Ambassadors for Children: $9,500 to clothing, hygiene and health-care products for foster children.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks Safe to Sleep: $2,500 for supplies and gasoline costs to provide a safe overnight environment through purchase of hotel vouchers for families facing issues of domestic violence.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Springfield: $9,500 to support its health and wellness program for members.
  • The Victim Center: $9,500 to support the center’s programs to address the traumatic effects of violent crime on adults and children.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Inc.: $9,500 for specialized dental equipment and supplies for the Tooth Truck, which serves children who lack access to dental care.
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks: $5,000 to promote high-efficiency toilets to reduce residential water use through its partnership with City Utilities on the WaterWise program.
  • Care to Learn: $7,500 for health, hunger and hygiene supplies to provide for children’s needs.
  • Sigma House of Springfield: $2,000 for materials and expenses for counselor training.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $8,500 for costs associated with an additional northside case manager position.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $8,500 to support expansion of partnerships with nurses, physician’s assistants and the Murney Clinic.
  • Ozarks Literacy Council: $9,500 to purchase supplies for six instructional training sessions.
  • Harmony House: $9,500 to purchase materials for 833 safe bednights for survivors of domestic violence.

Donations to help any of these organizations achieve their matching challenges can be made directly to the agency. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.