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March 13, 2023

Funding available for senior centers, animal-welfare agencies, wounded war veterans and more

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting applications for a variety of specialty grants made possible by generous donors who chose to support specific areas of interest.

Most of these “field-of-interest” grants are open now through May 15. These applications are open to 501(c)3 nonprofits or organizations with similar tax-exempt status, such as school districts, government entities and faith-based organizations:

  • Hearld Ambler Fund for Senior Centers Grant Program: $10,000 is available to senior centers in the 18-county Senior Age Area Agency on Aging service area.
  • Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired Grant Program: Two $500 grants are available to nonprofit agencies within the CFO’s service area of central and southern Missouri to assist individuals with impaired hearing through equipment, programming or training.
  • William E Eslick Fund for Southern Baptist Greene County Churches: $2,500 is available for church capital projects that also provide benefits to the surrounding community such as grounds beautification, playground equipment or walking trails.
  • St. Francis Fund Grant Program: $1,500 is available to support animal-welfare needs in Springfield and Greene County.
  • Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program: $500 is available for proposals that empower and encourage girls and young women in Greene County to be involved in athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Wounded War Veterans Grant Program: $2,000 is available as a single grant to fund projects that serve the needs of wounded war veterans in southwest Missouri through equipment, programming or training.

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