The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committing $1 million in charitable funding to its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support nonprofit agencies affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
This assistance is targeted for nonprofits working to support vulnerable citizens across the CFO’s 58-county service region of central and southern Missouri. As “second responders” in disaster circumstances, nonprofits are called upon to provide services such as childcare, needs of seniors and other high-risk individuals, food insecurity, transportation and physical and mental wellbeing.
The initial funding for this commitment is provided by the CFO, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust Company.
MFH is extending a multiyear partnership with the CFO by providing $300,000 in funding for COVID-19 response and recovery. The CFO also has had a long-standing partnership with the Coover Charitable Foundation, which will repurpose about $350,000 in annual grant funds to the CFO to focus on COVID-19 related issues. The CFO also will repurpose the majority of its FY21 discretionary grantmaking budget for this fund.
The CFO will announce an accelerated grantmaking process within several days. Information will be posted at cfozarks.org/COVID19 and distributed via traditional and social media channels.