Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) has opened its 2019–20 grantmaking program for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

The CFO will provide about $1.35 million in grantmaking opportunities, much of which will be available in competitive grant cycles open to nonprofit proposals.

This year’s grants budget also includes ongoing funding for several multi-year commitments, including The Northwest Project, a five-year program facilitated by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University; the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative and Prosper Springfield.

For the CFO’s rural service area, this year’s Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership with The Commerce Trust Company, will make $250,000 available for needs in rural communities. Coover Regional Grant applications will be accepted for a three-month period beginning Nov. 7.

These discretionary grants are made possible by generous donors who make unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO. In addition, several external funders help support the CFO’s grantmaking, including the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Darr Family Foundation and the Musgrave Foundation.

A number of additional specialty grants also are available each year for specific needs identified by donors, such as children’s orthodontics, expenses related to cancer treatment and access to conservation education.

Organizations serving the CFO’s region with 501(c)3 or equivalent nonprofit status, such as faith or government, are eligible to apply for grants. For more information on all of the CFO’s grant programs, visit

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