Grant Programs Overview

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Descriptions of the CFO’s broad grantmaking program are listed below. Visit our Foundant portal for current cycles.

The CFO supports community grantmaking programs throughout central and southern Missouri.

These efforts include affiliate community foundations, Metropolitan Springfield, the Missouri Ozarks region, the Youth Empowerment Project program and various specialized fund and grant rounds. The CFO’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and grant programs and deadlines for upcoming fiscal year are announced in early July each year. We invite you to look at all opportunities, which fall into three main categories. Please contact Vice President of Programs Bridget Dierks with any questions.

Metropolitan Springfield Grants

Regional & Affiliate Grants

Specialty Grants

Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program

Metropolitan Springfield grant programs are exclusively for agencies serving Springfield and Greene County. Many of these programs support innovative concepts, encourage collective impact models and focus on addressing the Red Flags identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.

Collective Impact Grant Program

A total of $120,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Collective Impact Grant program, with awards capped at $30,000. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to achieving positive impact with regard to the Red Flag issues addressed in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. Addressing one component of a large-scale issue, however, is not effective without also working in tandem on other aspects of that community challenge.

Diversity & Inclusion Grant Program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to achieving positive impact with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity in the Springfield-Greene County community. Ideal candidates for the Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program will work to bring awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life for individuals that are under-served and underrepresented. Organizations which work to build partnerships with others within the community will be given priority. Ideal candidates will positively impact individuals within under-served and underrepresented individuals while also improving community awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion.

A total of $80,000 is available in the Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program, with awards capped at $20,000.

Senior Issues Grant Program

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Springfield-Greene County Senior Issues grant program is a collaborative project with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board. Requested program support should be designed to effectively enhance and improve the health, nutrition and quality of life of persons in Greene County aged 60 and older. Quantitative outcome improvements for existing programming or proposed program outcome goals for new programming would be included with successful proposal requests. The deadline for this grant round is ongoing, with proposals reviewed every two months.

To learn more about this grant program and to view the application, visit the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Fund page.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative

The CFO and the Darr Family Foundation have awarded this grant to The Every Child Promise and partners. It is in year three of five of funding; a new recipient will not be selected this year.

For questions about this program, contact Heather Zoromski, Executive Director of the Darr Family Foundation, or call (417) 888-1495.

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to partner with the Springfield Regional Arts Council through the Springfield Greene County Arts and Culture Grant Program. The Arts and Culture grant program provides funding support, collaborative partnership opportunities, and program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are members of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Proposals will be accepted from either existing or emerging, community focused arts or cultural agencies which, for purposes of eligibility, are defined as newly formed or existing organizations that may be re-structuring, re-branding, or re-defining their artistic or cultural missions. Member agencies that have previously received Category 1 or Category 2 support may re-apply.

Louis L. & Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program

A partnership with The Commerce Trust Co. to fund collaborative projects addressing needs in the rural Ozarks. Eligible organizations with regional service areas primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply.

The Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and The Commerce Trust Company, will award grants to agencies serving the Missouri Ozarks to support innovative, new, or collaborative efforts in all subject areas supported by the Foundation.

Eligible organizations with regional service areas primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County but within the CFO service area are encouraged to apply. This includes rural southern Missouri south of the Missouri River and outside the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. For information on the 2019 Coover recipients, click here.

The Coover Grant Program has $250,000 to award to agencies providing services that address challenges which impact individuals in rural Ozarks communities, with a $10,000-$20,000 range suggested for proposal consideration. Applications which request more than $20,000 will not be considered.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to acquire a letter of support from their local affiliate community foundation.

In awarding grants, the CFO will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. As part of the grant process, all grantees will be required to affirm that, in providing services funded in whole or in part by a CFO grant, the grantee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services.

Applications for the 2019 Coover program will open Nov. 7, 2019, and are due by Feb. 7, 2020.

For questions or additional information, please contact: Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs, at (417) 864-6199.

Specialty Grants

The Community Foundation of Ozarks manages specialty grant funds established by donors who would like to have a positive impact on a specific field of donor interest. These funds are for a large spectrum of community needs and are sometimes relatively specific in their purpose. Please note the following grant programs and their purposes, which have varying due dates.

Unless otherwise noted, contact Ellen Neville-Verdugo for more information on the Specialty Grants.

Charles L. and Dorothy Weaver Memorial Orthodontic Grant

Support for orthodontic services

The Weaver Orthodontic Grant provides three scholarships annually for full-treatment orthodontic services for individuals age 10–30 in the southern Missouri Ozarks region who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be within the age range of 10 to 30 years of age, with a full set of permanent teeth already in place.
  • Applicant must be within the service area of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (southern Missouri Ozarks region).
  • Applicant must be within driving range of and the ability to travel to the participating orthodontist’s offices in the Springfield Metro Area for the full 20 to 30+ month timeline for optimum treatment outcomes and must have a means of transportation to orthodontic appointments through a parent or guardian or have the ability to self-transport.
  • Applicants must have access to a general dentist who will continue to provide cleaning and maintenance requirements during the span of treatment by the orthodontist.
  • Financial need of applicant must be established through eligibility for participation in the Federal Free Lunch program through the school they attend or, if not in school, proof of qualification for Medicaid.

Lindsay Austin Smith Community Crisis Fund

Crisis support for health-related emergencies

This fund is designed to support unmet emergency needs resulting from health/medical emergencies, inability to work due to medical personal or family emergency, needs resulting from natural disasters or fire. Proof of financial need is required. Only applications with invoices included will be considered for this grant program.
Due date: This fund is not taking applications at this time.

Explore the Ozarks Fund Grant

Support for experiential conservation education opportunities for K-12 students in the Ozarks

The Explore the Ozarks Fund is dedicated to creating and providing access to experiential conservation education opportunities for K-12 students in the Ozarks. Grants made from the Fund for conservation education must be matched by the grantee/receiving organization on a 1:1 basis. Match dollars must be substantiated to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and must include additional dollars raised not in-kind support. Conservation education grants may include, but are not limited to: Programming and curriculum design, construction, materials and training; Transportation costs for field trips/experimental learning; and Field trip entry costs for students and teachers.
Contact: Winter Kinne

L.E.A.H. (Lending Every Amputee Hope) Grant

Assistance for those with current or ongoing need of care for amputation

Application for assistance is based on current or on going need of amputation. Applications for assistance will be individually evaluated by a committee after completion of this form and verification from your health care provider of medical condition. Preference is given to but not limited to those residing in Southwest Missouri. Maximum amount available is $150 per year/per person to be used towards but not limited to medical/DME supplies or items from prosthetic companies to improve the quality of life for individuals with challenges associated with limp amputation.

Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts

Support for artists in Ripley, Clay or Butler counties

The Ripley Butler Clay Fund for the Arts provides one $2,500 grant annually to an artist who resides in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Ark. This grant program is designed to promote the visual arts in this region by providing grant funding to an artist who exhibits potential and/or is an established artist.

Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund

Reimbursement grants to support indigent cremation

The Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund was established in 2007 by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court to help the CFO reimburse county or city governments to help cover the cost of indigent cremation. The case settlement was split between three community foundations in the state, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Each community foundation serves a geographical area of the state; the CFO’s is 58 counties south of the Missouri river.
Contact: Zach Clapper

The Ellis Fund

Support for pediatric cancer

The Ellis Fund is designed to assist families in need with a child (18 or younger) diagnosed with cancer with expenses beyond their ability to pay. Families residing in Greene, Barry, Christian, Stone and Taney counties are eligible to apply for assistance. Families who have outstanding medical bills for a child in remission, yet there are still follow-up medical appointments, also will be considered for support.

Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation

Support for pediatric cancer

The Paisley Collins Memorial Foundation has been created to assist families in need with a child (18 or younger) diagnosed with cancer with expenses beyond their ability to pay. Preference is given to but not limited to those residing in Christian, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Jasper, Newton, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright counties.

Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired

Support for programs and services for the hearing impaired

The Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired supports a nonprofit agency located in the CFO service area which provides programming to assist individuals in the Ozarks who are hearing impaired. Equipment, programming or training to assist hearing impaired individuals are eligible for application. Approximately $500 will be available to one agency for this program for 2019.

Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund

Support for women making a career change in midlife

The Jerry & Tac Caplan Midlife Initiative Fund will provide one grant of up to $1,000 to support a Springfield, Mo., woman in mid-life who is working to change the course of her life and take more control over what happens to her. Preference will be given to women in poverty who are nonwhite or who have a physical or mental disability. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through a nonprofit organization; the grant will be provided to the nonprofit organization to administer.

William E. Eslick Fund

Support for capital improvements made by Southern Baptist Churches in Greene County

The William E. Eslick Fund supports capital projects for Southern Churches located in Greene County, Missouri. Grant applications must not include operational costs; funds can be requested as part of a larger capital project. The Eslick Fund will provide $1,000 to one Greene County, Missouri Southern Baptist Church in 2020.

The Senior and Dorinda’s Dream Funds

Assistance with end-of-life wishes

The Dorinda’s Dream Fund and the Senior Dream Fund were established to provide financial support for end-of-life wishes of adults diagnosed with a terminal illness who are under hospice care. The Dorinda’s Dream fund supports patients who are between the ages of 18-65; the Senior Dreams Fund supports patients over the age of 65. These funds primarily support partial or full airline ticket costs of a loved one or a applicant/patient to make a final connection before the passing of said patient; however, applications for a meaningful activity for the patient may also be submitted. Funds will be distributed through the applicant’s hospice care provider.

Norma A. Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund

Continuing education scholarships for hospice nurses

The Norma A. Carolla Hospice Nurse Scholarship Fund supports continuing education efforts of hospice nurses in the Springfield area. Partial or total reimbursement may be made to attend continuing education programs and conferences. Applicants must be employees of a Medicare certified hospice program. Payment will be made to hospice nurse employer upon submission of receipts by recipient.

Helen M. Delano Fund

Crisis support for families of firefighters and police officers

The Helen M. Delano Fund supports the families of Springfield firefighters or police officers injured or killed in the line of duty. Two $2,000 grants (one each to support a firefighter and a police officer) will be provided in 2019. Applications must be made on behalf of an individual through the City of Springfield or the local police or firefighter union; grant will be provided to the organization to administer.

The Caplan Holocaust Fund

Support for Holocaust education for individuals in the region

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks invites educators, faith leaders and concerned individuals to visit and learn at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in order to educate others about the Nazi Holocaust and other historic and contemporary genocides and other war crimes. This grant program provides funds via reimbursement of a 501(c)3 organizations or other IRS approved charitable entities (government entities, school districts, and churches) to support travel (mileage), hotel accommodation, and a per diem food expense for individuals to attend the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. This grant is available to the entire CFO service area.

The Kramer Holocaust Fund

Support for Holocaust education for individuals in Springfield-Greene County

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks invites educators, faith leaders, and concerned individuals to visit and learn at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in order to educate others about the Nazi Holocaust and other historic and contemporary genocides and other war crimes. This grant program provides funds via reimbursement of a 501(c)3 organizations or other IRS approved charitable entities (government entities, school districts, and churches) to support travel (flight from Springfield, MO to Washington, D.C.), hotel accommodation, and a per diem food expense for individuals to attend the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. This grant is available only to residents of Springfield-Greene County.

MS Wellness Fund established by Janie Brunette RN MSN and Linda L. Duncan

Support for individuals with multiple sclerosis

This fund supports patients living with multiple sclerosis who are patients of Jordan Valley Health Center.

The Wounded War Veterans Grant Program

Support for wounded veterans
The Wounded War Veterans Grant Program seeks to provide funding for programs that serve the needs of our wounded war veterans. This grant supports a nonprofit agency located in Southwest Missouri which providesprogramming to support wounded war veterans. Equipment, programming, or training to assist in supporting these individuals are eligible for application.
This grant will provide $2,000 to one agency in summer 2020

The Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program

Support for agencies in Greene County

The Smith Atwell Girls Recreational Grant Program seeks to provide funding for programs that empower and encourage girls and young women to be involved in athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities. This grant supports a nonprofit agency located in Greene County, Missouri which provides programming to support athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities for girls and young women. Equipment, programming, or training to assist in supporting athletic and recreational opportunities for girls and young women are eligible for application.

How to Apply for Specialty Grants

Details and applications for these programs are found under the Specialty Grants category here.

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