Community Foundation of the Ozarks: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Host Organization: Community Foundation of the Ozarksmdi-circle-small Springfield, MO, United States mdi-circle-small


With 31 grants from two programs, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is providing $149,000 for regional recovery from its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership, with funding from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company, initially offered $50,000 in challenge grants for agencies that serve the needs of rural schoolchildren. Due to overwhelming agency requests, the program was increased to $80,000 with support from other charitable funds held at the CFO. With the required matches from other donors and funders, this grant round represents a total of $160,000 for agencies in the CFO’s rural service area of central and southern Missouri.

Grantmaking from the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant Program is shifting to a focus on regional recovery and will primarily support agencies that provide services to citizens affected by the economic impact of the pandemic.

The fund was established by a $1 million commitment by the CFO and its regional affiliate foundations, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust Company.

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership. We help donors achieve their philanthropic goals through professional management and investment of charitable funds.

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