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Eleven non-profit agencies throughout southwest Missouri recently received word that they have been awarded thousands of dollars in grant money.
KSMU's Matt Petcoff explains who received the money and where it is coming from...
Almost a quarter-million dollars in grant money will be awarded to eleven regional agencies to help with different needs.
The grants were awarded by the Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company.
Among the agencies receiving money are the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, the Bryant Watershed Project in West Plains and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in Joplin.
These eleven agencies were chosen because they address regional needs in the areas of the arts, culture, education, the environment and health and social services.
Randy Russell is the Senior Program Officer with the community Foundation of the Ozarks.
He says competition for this grant money was intense.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is an organization designed to help members of the public in the area effectively set up grant programs.
Russell says the Coover program is set up to help causes Dorthy Coover found important.
A ceremony and reception will be held this Thursday, February 8th to honor the organizations receiving the 2-hundred and 30-thousand dollars in grants. The ceremony will be held at the Commerce Bank on East Battlefield.