CFO issues first COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants to nine agencies across region
April 3, 2020 — The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded nearly $100,000 to nine regional nonprofit agencies in the initial grants made from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
The grants from this fund are focused on agencies providing support to vulnerable citizens during this pandemic emergency across the CFO’s 58-county service region of central and southern Missouri.
The grant proposals are reviewed by a committee of community volunteers supported by CFO staff members. The grants were awarded to:
- Christian Associates: $9,000 to source, purchase and fill food boxes for communities in Stone County.
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $20,000 to provide emergency shelter for homeless individuals in Springfield who are vulnerable to COVID-19 due to chronic health conditions, exposure to the virus or other conditions.
- SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging: $25,000 to provide wellness checks and nutritional needs for senior citizens facing isolation or food insecurity in Ozark, Nixa, Branson, Forsyth, Protem, Kimberling City, Ava and Gainesville.
- Elevate Branson: $10,000 to support individuals in quarantine who are staying in extended-stay motels in the Branson area.
- Safe House for Women: $10,000 to provide aid for victims of domestic violence, including safe shelters, in the Cape Girardeau area.
- Life360: $3,600 to support childcare needs at the Life360 Preschool in Springfield.
- University of Missouri Extension/Shannon County: $5,000 to deliver food packages and educational resources to families with one or more financial providers furloughed due to the crisis and residents over 65.
- Dallas County Health Department: $5,000 to purchase food, gloves, thermometers and supplies to safely distribute food to at-risk and recently unemployed residents.
- Harmony House: $5,000 for cleaning, hygiene and kitchen supplies to support residents of the Springfield domestic violence shelter.
On March 20, the CFO announced an initial $1 million commitment for COVID-19 response and recovery needs, supported by the CFO’s discretionary grantmaking funds, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust. Since then, funders making commitments of $25,000 or more include White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Delta Dental and the Darr Family Foundation. The fund also has been supported by generous individual donors. Gifts can be made online.
“We are eager to see these funds start working to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens during this crisis,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “Unfortunately, the requests coming in already are exceeding our current funding capacity. Our experience shows us that our region’s nonprofit community, especially in the rural Ozarks, can make these dollars go a long way. We are working to build our resources for both these immediate needs and many more coming.”
Grant applications are being accepted on a rolling basis with announcements anticipated weekly for the near future. The application process is open to nonprofits and IRS-equivalent organizations like faith and civic agencies. The CFO does not make grants directly to individuals.
The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund is supported by these generous donors.
In addition to initial commitments by the CFO, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Coover Charitable Foundation, these individuals, families and organizations have donated to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. You can join them by making a gift by credit card or mailing a check to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801. Please note “COVID-19” on the check.
- Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation Fund
- Elite Promotions
- Don & Olivia Simpson
- RDW Family & Community Fund
- Jeff & Kathy Munzinger
- Mary Jean Hamilton
- White River Valley Electric Cooperative
- Forum Dental
- Terry Family Foundation
- Kim Collison Farr
- Mitch and Jennifer Holmes
- Angela Swan
- Deni Dinwiddie and family
- 417 Youth Sports and John Hartley Family
- Cantwell Family Fund
- Brian and Renee Fogle
- Lyndsey Strahan
- Jarad Johnson
- Justin Gathright
- Matthew Simpson
- Maranda Provance
- Ira Williams
- Don Simpson
- Michelle Hudgens
- Darr Family Foundation
- Angie Miller
- Andy Peebles
- Alex and Cathy Primm
- Wes and Francine Pratt
- Thomas and Kimberly Prater Family Fund
- John Brooks
- Jennifer Johnson
- Melinda Novik
- Martha Fay
- Alvin Meeks
- Suzanne Weatherman
- Ronald Neville
- Emma Chapman
- Joe Fearn
- Ball Jones Charitable Fund – Buddy Ball and Virginia Jones
- Graham Family Fund
- Jim and Janet Anderson Family Fund
- Terry Family Foundation
- Dierks Family Fund – Bridget and Andy Dierks
- The La Boda Fund – Mike Stevens and Kate Baird
- Oakwood Legacy Fund – Ron and Alice Wingo
- Courtney Family Foundation Fund
- Haun Family Fund
- Mary Jean Hamilton Fund
- 310 Foundation
- Nelson Family Fund
- Arthur Ormsbee
- Dana and Ann Elwell
- Louise and Kelly Knauer
- Aaron Scott and Hayley Budd
- Nancy Curless
- Reynolds Family Fund
- Betsy Fogle
- Don Simpson
Funding Resources for Nonprofit Agencies
- COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant Program: The CFO will award grants on an ongoing basis to agencies across our 58-county service area of central and southern Missouri. Current grantmaking priorities are for programs that serve vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Regional affiliate foundation community grantmaking programs: The CFO encourages its 49 regional affiliate foundations to prioritize grantmaking for local nonprofit agencies affected by the outbreak. Deadlines, amounts and criteria vary by affiliate.
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance: Nonprofits can apply for loans with 2.75% interest and deferred payments for 12 months, along with the option of converting the loan to a grant if payroll requirements are met. See this Chronicle of Philanthropy article for more details.
- April 1, 2020 — Springfield nonprofit leaders publish list of immediate needs
- March 27, 2020 — White River Valley Electric Cooperative pledges $50,000 for COVID-19 fund
- March 25, 2020 — CFO opens grantmaking program for COVID-19 response
- March 20, 2020 — CFO announces $1 million response for COVID-19
- March 16, 2020 — CFO activates COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Our Springfield lobby is closed until further notice.
While the CFO lobby is closed, our dedicated staff is working remotely to assist nonprofit agencies and donors with their charitable needs. To speak with a CFO staff member, please call (417) 864-6199 and follow the prompts to reach their direct line.