Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Matt Campanelli / KSMU

Imagine attending a school district with a total enrollment of 42 students and a playground that hasn’t seen much of an update since 1954. This is one of many examples of why organizations applied for a Coover Regional Grant through the  Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

CFO partnered with Commerce Trust Fund to award 21 organizations with the grants. Grants ranged from $4,000 to $19,000.

Grants were awarded for projects like renovating the ventilation hood in a school cafeteria kitchen to scholarships to help needy families send their kids to summer programs.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

"In a rural community, the hospital takes on a bigger role, than it does, I think, in larger cities. The hospital is kind of all encompassing, and is there to provide whatever help you need."

Every Child Promise / Community Partnership of the Ozarks

The Every Child Promise:  Our Community Promises to Empower Families, So That Every Child, Age Birth-Six, Has the Opportunity to Enter Schools, Ready to Learn. 

Jonathan Groves

This story has been updated to include the full 2017 CFR, which was made public Tuesday morning. 

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

In May of 2016, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced Marshfield, Salem, and Sarcoxie, as the first 3 Missouri communities to receive CFO’s first ever Economic Development Grants, through the Growth in the Rural Ozarks, grand program.  GRO, as it is known, is designed to promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and economic and workforce development in rural communities.  Growth in the Rural Ozarks is Co-Funded by CFO and USDA Rural Development, and ov