Rural Ozarks Health Initiative


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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health have launched the second phase of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations.

Each year from 2018 to 2020, the CFO will make 10 grants of $10,000 (a total of $300,000 over the course of three years) to rural affiliate foundations in the CFO’s network to address locally identified health issues. Those rural affiliates (defined as areas that do not include a city with a population of more than 50,000, which excludes Springfield and Joplin in the CFO’s service area), in conjunction with local civic and health care leadership, are invited to apply for these grants. Each $10,000 grant is intended to serve as a pool to be distributed to local nonprofits at the affiliate’s direction.

The cities selected for the first phase of ROHI — three-year $150,000 program grants awarded last month to Carthage, Monett, and Cassville — are not eligible for this second round of grants.

Affiliate foundations receiving $10,000 grants in 2018

  • Bolivar Area Community Foundation
  • Cape Area Community Foundation
  • Crawford County Foundation Inc.
  • El Dorado Springs Community Foundation and Stockton Community Foundation
  • Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation
  • Perry County Community Foundation
  • Republic Community Foundation
  • Ripley County Community Foundation
  • Table Rock Lake Community Foundation
  • Truman Lake Community Foundation

Affiliate foundations receiving $10,000 grants in 2019

  • Alton Community Foundation
  • Aurora Area Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of the Lake
  • Community Foundation of West Plains
  • DACO Community Foundation
  • Dent County Community Foundation
  • Marshfield Area Community Foundation
  • Meramec Regional Community Foundation
  • Nixa Community Foundation
  • Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation

The application period for the final round $10,000 grants will open in early 2020.

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About ROHI

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Foundation for Health announce the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, a new multi-year grant program to address priority health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations.

The CFO is partnering with MFH to provide $750,000 in this multi-year grant opportunity available only to rural affiliates of the CFO. Three rural communities and/or regions (defined as areas that do not include a city with a population of more than 50,000, which excludes only Springfield and Joplin in the CFO’s service area) will be selected from applications received for the three-year grant.

Highlights of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative include:

  • A $50,000 grant per community/region for three years, totaling $150,000 for each awardee;
  • A one-to-one local match is required, one-half of which can include verifiable in-kind resources. The rest must be in a cash match; and
  • A volunteer grant committee will make the selection of the three affiliate communities. The successful proposals will be based on collaboration among partners; commitment by the community or region to address the identified issue(s); demonstrated need; and ability to sustain the initiative beyond the three-year grant.

Resources

Missouri Department of Health study (background info)

Ozarks Health Commission: http://ozarkshealthcommission.org/

Community Commons: https://www.communitycommons.org/

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

 

Questions? Contact Brian Fogle, bfogle@cfozarks.org; Alice Wingo, awingo@cfozarks.org; or Bridget Dierks, bdierks@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199

About the Missouri Foundation for Health: As a catalyst for change, MFH improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding. The Foundation takes a multifaceted approach to health issues, understanding that programs, policy, and collaboration all play a role in creating lasting impact.

An independent philanthropic foundation, MFH was created in the year 2000, following Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri’s conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status. It is the largest organization of its kind in the state and among the largest in the country.

About the Community Foundation of the Ozarks: The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and some 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.