CFO Grants

Explore Open Grants

Through a variety of grant programs, the CFO addresses the needs of our region.

About CFO Grants

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The CFO offers a series of grant cycles based on its fiscal year, so each year’s grant cycles are announced in early July.

Discretionary grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who want to support a specific cause or a general field of interest, such as education or animal welfare. Each cycle has its own criteria and deadlines.

Organizations within the CFO’s service region are eligible to apply if they hold IRS tax status of 501(c)3 or the equivalent as education, faith or government institutions.

The CFO uses Foundant, a separate online platform, to accept applications and track grant progress. The CFO’s affiliate foundations also offer grants to eligible agencies within their geographic service areas.

Types of Grants

The CFO offer a variety of grant opportunities.

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Metro Springfield

Several competitive grant cycles are open for eligible Springfield-Greene County agencies. These are often tied into the goals outlined in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, with an emphasis on collaboration.

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Coover Regional

Through a partnership with The Commerce Trust Co., the CFO administers the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Coover grants support regional needs and priorities in areas outside of Springfield and Joplin.

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Specialty Grants

Donors with specific interests support focused grants ranging from pediatric cancer to youth orthodontic treatment. Some of these cycles are open throughout the year, while others have specific deadlines.

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Affiliate Grants

Many of the CFO’s Affiliate Foundations offer grants within their geographic service areas. Each affiliate determines its own criteria and deadlines.

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Coover Place Based

The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation also offers grants that support the principles of place-based education.

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Multi-Year Grants

The CFO makes larger-scale multi-year grants such as The Northwest Project and the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative.

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