Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative

Encouraging affiliate foundations to lead the way in their communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mission of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and our regional affiliate foundations is to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership. Although we often realize different aspects of our mission at different times, there are instances when all the components of our mission statement work together to help our communities. The Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative will meet all aspects of our mission by providing outside funding for communities, an opportunity to collaborate with key organizations and will encourage affiliate foundation board members to take a leadership role in their communities.

The CFO is pleased to partner with the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company, to offer the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative. Participating affiliate foundations that encourage citizens across central and southern Missouri to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will have a chance to win a grant, with a total of $60,000 available through the Coover Charitable Foundation and the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative is an opportunity for affiliate foundations to collaborate with community partners, support the work of agencies delivering vaccinations and leverage the affiliate foundation’s leadership role to urge vaccinations. The CFO encourages affiliate foundations to be creative in their efforts and supportive of existing vaccination efforts in their communities.


As the pandemic continues to challenge our health care systems, schools, businesses and daily life, area hospitals report the vast majority of patients with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The vaccines are working, but in order to break the cycle, more people in the region need to receive the vaccine. The nature of a pandemic is different from other challenges as the actions of one person affects others. We are in the midst of a public health crisis that negatively affects our local businesses and has the potential to create continued economic hardships. COVID-19 and its variants will not be stopped unless we all work together. Even if your foundation doesn’t win one of the prizes, you are doing your community a great service by helping it recover from the pandemic.

Resources

Helpful tools and ideas to promote vaccinations in your community.

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The National Rural Health Association has a comprehensive set of resources to help community, faith, health care and agricultural leaders share information about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Download a news release template to complete and send to your local news outlets to share your foundation’s participation in the initiative.

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The State of Missouri’s Stronger Together site has resources for vaccinations in the state, as well as information about the MO VIP incentive program.

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has compiled a vaccine toolkit with information to use on flyers, graphics and other communications.

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The CDC has resources and guidance for hosting vaccine clinics at satellite, temporary or off-site locations.

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If your affiliate foundation uses social media, consider this idea: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina created a series of testimonials with its board members sharing the reasons why they got the vaccine.

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The Daily Yonder covers a rural success story for improving vaccinations in Kinston, North Carolina.

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This Q&A from the Atlantic discusses the reasons why some people may be unvaccinated without being “anti-vaxxers.”

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The findings of a focus group organized by the de Beaumont Foundation offer suggestions for discussion vaccines with conservative voters.

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Does your county have a sizable Hispanic population? Consider supporting the translation of vaccine promotional material, like the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta did for its community.

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The Public Health Communications Collaborative has six tips for schools to promote vaccinations.

More information on how the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative works

In order to qualify for a portion of the prize money, affiliate foundations must register to participate through Friday, Aug. 6, by completing this short form. In the form, each affiliate must select one county in its service area. This will be the county that the CFO will track for vaccination rates to determine the winners. Each affiliate may only select one county within its service area for this initiative.

At 8 a.m., Monday, July 26, the CFO recorded vaccination rates for each county throughout our service area from the CDC’s Data Tracker to determine the percentage of eligible residents currently vaccinated in each county. Participating affiliate foundations and their communities will have eight weeks to encourage residents who are unvaccinated to get the vaccine. The CFO will record updated vaccination rates again at 5 p.m., Sept. 20. The CFO will use the “Percent of Total Population 12+ Years of Age With At Least One Dose” as the measurement tool for this initiative.

The participating affiliate foundation(s) within the county with the highest percentage increase in vaccination rates during the eight-week period will receive a grant for $20,000. Four additional grants for $10,000 each will be allocated to affiliates within the CFO service regions — West, West Central, Central and East — based on the highest percentage increases by county in vaccination rates in each region. If a county achieves the highest overall percentage increase in vaccination rates, it will not be eligible for an additional $10,000 grant in its specific CFO service region.

If more than one affiliate foundation serves the same county, the CFO strongly encourages collaboration as winning grant funds will be shared among participating affiliates. The grant will be allocated between the participating affiliate foundations in the county with the highest increase in vaccination rates. Affiliates will be notified by August 9 if another affiliate foundation has selected the same county.

Only CFO affiliate foundations are eligible to register for this program.

Grants will be awarded to the winning affiliates’ community grantmaking funds by the end of September. Affiliate foundations may determine how and when they want to use the grant with no follow-up reporting required. The prize monies can be used for additional grantmaking to fight COVID-19 or for other community needs.

Still have questions?

Contact Alice Wingo or Bridget Dierks.

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