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CFO, Musgrave Foundation request proposals for ‘Opportunities to Thrive’

Jan. 18, 2024

Grants will support long-term sustainability of agencies serving low-income communities

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, on behalf of the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation, is requesting proposals from nonprofits that serve low-income communities in a five-county region around Springfield.

With $300,000 available for 2024, the goal of the “Opportunities to Thrive” grant program is to support the long-term sustainability of agencies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continuous service to low- and no-income individuals of all ages. Eligible proposals must primarily serve Greene County, but can also serve Christian, Dallas, Polk and Webster counties.

Musgrave multiyear 2024

Agencies may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. One-, two- and three-year proposals, with varying amounts each year, can be submitted. Examples of ideal proposals include:

  • Expenses associated with organizational restructuring
  • Creation of new development strategies
  • Capital and technology expenses
  • Organizational strategic planning
  • Other consultation support that stabilizes the agency
  • Staff time to work toward long-term organizational sustainability

Agencies can find more details and begin the application process at Initial concept letters are due Feb. 22, and finalists will be notified by March 22. Full proposals will be due April 24, with grants announced in mid-June.

“Opportunities to Thrive 2024” is the latest in the Musgrave Multi-Year Impact Grants. Since 2021, programs have supported projects to increase civic participation for K-12 students; improve the lives of children; and support foster families in the Springfield metro area.

The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation is a private charitable foundation managed by U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management and administered by the CFO. Since 1983, the Musgrave Foundation has granted more than $20 million to nonprofits in Springfield and southwest Missouri.

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