CFO Grantmaking Programs
CFO Grantmaking Programs
CFO supports community grant making programs throughout the Missouri Ozarks. These efforts include affiliate community foundations, Metropolitan Springfield, the Missouri Ozarks region, and Youth Empowerment programs.
Agency Partner Endowment-Building Grants
Affiliate community grantmaking programs
CFO created an affiliate program in 1993 to meet the diverse needs of the region by providing community foundation services to smaller communities in the Missouri Ozarks. Each of our regional affiliate foundations are driven by volunteer leaders committed to strengthening the social fabric of our communities. Through their community grantmaking programs, affiliate foundations are able to address local needs with local resources.
Metropolitan Springfield Arts and Culture grantmaking program
The 2012-13 grantmaking program is focused on key issues cited as “red flags” for Arts and Culture in the 2011 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.
Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program
The Metropolitan Springfield community grantmaking program provides support for Springfield and Greene County organizations addressing key areas of community life.
Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program
The Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program is a partnership between Commerce Trust Company and CFO. The Coover Program supports new and innovative programs or projects that address regional needs through advocacy, public education or capacity building. Organizations with regional service areas that are primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply.
The Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Memorial Orthodontic Grant
The Weaver Orthodontic Grant provides full treatment orthodontic services for individuals age 10 to 30 that exhibit financial need as established by the Federal Free Lunch program or proof of qualification for Medicaid. Please read more about the Weaver Orthodontic Grants for further eligibility requirements and downloadable forms, which MUST be individually submitted by both the applicant’s dentist and school nurse (or self completed for non-school age applicants) for the applicant to be considered.
The CFO is partnering with the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Tax Fund to offer a grant cycle for innovative projects that will improve the health, nutrition, and quality of life for Greene County’s senior residents. Applications will be accepted quarterly as long as funding is available, with review for 2012-13 requests to begin in September. For more information about the partnership, click here. For application information, click here to visit the Greene County Senior Fund’s website.
Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund
The Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund was established in 2007 by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court to help the CFO reimburse county or city governments to help cover the cost of indigent burials. The case settlement was split between three community foundations in the state, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Each community foundation serves a geographical area of the state; the CFO’s is 58 counties south of the Missouri river. Click here to learn more about the program and download a recommendation form.
Field of Interest Funds
A field-of-interest fund in the area of one’s greatest concern, such as “education” or “the arts” provides direction to the Board of Directors without naming specific nonprofit agencies.
Youth Empowerment Project
The mission of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is to empower youth to positively impact their community. This is accomplished through education, service, grantmaking, and fundraising. The individual chapters offer their own grantmaking opportunities in their communities. Please visit the Chapters section of the YEP website for contact information for each group.
In FY11, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded a record number of scholarships totaling about $760,000 from more than 230 named scholarship funds administered by CFO and its 43 regional affiliate foundations. Scholarship programs continue to be an important means of giving something back to the community by affording young people the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts
Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts is a grant opportunity offered specifically to artists who reside in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Arkansas.
Historic Preservation Society of Springfield & Greene County Grant Program
This program supports the purpose of the Historic Preservation Society of Springfield and Greene County Missouri by assisting organizations and individuals in preserving historical and/or architecturally significant sites or structures.