CFO Passes $1 Million in COVID-19 Grants

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has passed over $1 million in COVID-19 grants following a new round of grants issued Friday.

The grants brought the total amount given by CFO for COVID-19 response to over $1.23 million. Competitive grants have totaled over $467,000, nonprofits to $726,000, and employer benevolent funds over $39,000.

The grants given on Friday were:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield: $15,000 to support food, supplies and virtual programming opportunities for Club members.
  • Children’s Smile Center: $5,000 to safely provide emergency dental support in Christian County, which is served by the Finley River Community Foundation and the Nixa Community Foundation.
  • Ministerial Alliance of the Hermann Area: $5,000 to assist low-income families with COVID-19 emergency circumstances; the Alliance is supported by the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc.
  • Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery: $7,000 for food programs, cleaning supplies and program materials for children staying at the house.
  • Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry: $5,000 to support food distribution in this community served by the Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation.
  • NAMI: $15,000 for virtual support-group expenses and “warmline” mental-health responders.
  • O-STEAM: $19,500 to support makers who are using 3D printers to make face shields for emergency workers.
  • People Helping People: $3,000, with half of the funding from the Republic Community Foundation, for food pantry unmet expenses due to cancelled food drives and fundraisers.
  • Shepherd’s Nook Food Pantry: $5,000 to support increased food pantry expenses in Dent County, which is served by the Dent County Community Foundation.

The fund received a major gift from the Sunderland Foundation, based in Kansas City but founded by the former owners of the Ash Grove Cement Company. The company gave a $100,000 gift, increasing the total given to $300,630 over the $1 million initial endowment from CFO.

CFO says that requests from area nonprofits for COVID-19 relief have totaled $4.1 million. Anyone who would like to donate to the fund can do so through the CFO website.

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