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

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Over $200,000 in grant money will provide technical assistance for economic development strategies in a dozen Missouri communities.

The funding, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is part of $7.6 million in grants nationwide to support job training in rural America.

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Low-interest loans and other federal assistance is available for farmers in 105 Missouri counties impacted this summer by severe storms.

The natural disaster area designation was issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The scope of this declaration by USDA demonstrates how the severe weather most of Missouri experienced earlier this spring and summer hit farmers especially hard,” Gov. Nixon said in a news release.