Community Foundation of the Ozarks Awards COVID-19 & Pitt Tech Grants

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is issuing their latest round of COVID-19 related grants to various agencies working to help those impacted by the lockdown.

The grants totaled $80,000 to support food needs, victims of domestic violence, and educational tech and emergency living expenses.

This week’s grant recipients are:

  • Butler County Council on Aging: $10,000 for home-bound senior meal delivery. Butler County Council on Aging is an agency partner of the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation, one of the CFO’s 49 regional affiliate foundations.
  • Carterville First Baptist Church: $5,000 to support emergency needs for low-income families in Carterville, which is served by Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • Cassville R-IV School District: $10,000 to purchase Chromebooks and wireless internet access points to help schoolchildren with online learning. The district is an agency partner of the Cassville Community Foundation.
  • Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri: $6,000 to support quarantine-related expenses of children entering the center in the Joplin area, which is served by the Joplin Regional Community Foundation.
  • Communities of Recovery Inc.: $5,000 to purchase cleaning supplies and other household needs to protect families from the coronavirus in the Branson area, which is served by the Community Foundation of Taney County. Half of the funding for this grant is provided by White River Valley Electric Cooperative.
  • Greene County Family Justice Center Alliance: $24,646 to increase safety for staff and clients and provide additional wraparound support services for victims of domestic violence.
  • Naylor Nutrition Center: $2,400 to purchase a new milk cooler for the center in this Ripley County community, served by the Ripley County Community Foundation and the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation.
  • The Salvation Army, Dent County Unit: $5,000 to support low-income families who have lost jobs with rent and utility expenses. This area is served by the Dent County Community Foundation.
  • Southwest Missouri Area Coalition: $5,000 to provide delivery services and supplies for seniors and volunteers in Dade County. This area is served by the DACO Community Foundation.
  • University of Missouri Extension in Butler County: $6,954 to develop and deliver activity packets and educational resources while kids are out of school due to COVID-19. The area is served by the Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation.

CFO is also distributing Pitt Technology Grants that provide funds and services for agencies that are having technical barriers to providing additional support during the outbreak. The three recipients of grants this week are:

  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for a new custom web-based app for donor management and donation tracking.
  • Crossway Baptist Church: $15,880 for infrastructure cabling and audio-visual improvements to improve technology resources for the church.
  • Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri: $6,950 to improve network cabling at its southwest regional office.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is still taking donations if anyone wants to help area agencies focused on those in need during the outbreak. Visit the CFO website to donate.

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