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Recent grants support urban-rural student exchange, inclusion projects

May 6, 2022

About $6,850 remains for smaller grant requests through June 15

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has selected the latest round of Ozarks Inclusive Opportunity Grant recipients for 2022. The program, funded through the CFO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund, supports smaller grant requests to ensure the representation of diverse voices in community conversations, engagement and leadership.

The following agencies recently received grants totaling $5,842:

  • Central High School: $2,000 to support the “Step in Their Shoes” project between the Central Step Team and Fordland High School, in which groups from the schools will visit the other for a “day in the life” experience;
  • EastTown Dreams District: $2,000 to support the three-day Juneteenth Heritage Festival and the Regional Black Expo in Joplin; and
  • Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation: $1,842 to support OTC student participation in the annual Student African-American Brotherhood Conference.

The Ozarks Inclusive Opportunity Grant Program is part of the CFO’s increased focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grantmaking. Funding through the program is available to nonprofit agencies — including school districts, government entities and faith-based organizations with similar tax-exempt status — that serve communities across the CFO’s service region in central and southern Missouri.

Approximately $6,850 is still available for Ozarks Inclusive Opportunity Grants for the fiscal year, with applications closing June 15. Recipients are selected throughout the year as funds remain available. Agencies can begin the application process at

Donors who wish to further the CFO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grantmaking can make a secure online gift at

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