“With the increase in funding available, we are able to support more worthwhile proposals this year,” said Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs for the CFO. “Greater awareness of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive environment has created more interest among nonprofits in applying for these grants and our Inclusion & Belonging Program.”
The Inclusion & Belonging Grant Program supports smaller grant requests across the Ozarks. This year, $40,000 is available for funding requests of up to $3,000 for projects that encourage diverse representation in community conversations, engagement and leadership across the region.
Nonprofits can apply for the Inclusion & Belonging Grant Program at cfozarks.org/applyforgrants. The program is open throughout the year, with grants awarded on a rolling basis as funds are available. Donors can help extend the program by giving to the CFO’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fund at cfozarks.org/diversityfund.
The DEI and Inclusive Opportunity grants are funded by a combination of the CFO’s unrestricted assets and field-of-interest funds where donors support a broad area of interest. The DEI grant committee is comprised of Heather Hardinger, Kathy Munzinger, Daniel Ogunyemi, Summer Trottier and Brooke Widmar.