The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has opened its 2018-19 competitive grant cycles for nonprofit agencies serving the CFO’s region in central and southern Missouri.

This year’s grant program includes a new round focusing on diversity and inclusion issues. This program seeks to achieve positive impact with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity in the Springfield-Greene County community. Ideal proposals should bring issues of diversity and inclusion to public light while impacting and improving the quality of life for individuals that are under-served and underrepresented. A total of $60,000 is available, with awards capped at $15,000. Applications are due Friday, October 19.

The 2018-19 grants include a fourth year of Collective Impact grants, which will award a total of $120,000 (maximum of $30,000 per project) for proposals that offer collaborative approaches to red-flag issues identified in the 2017 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. Applications are due November 16, 2018.

This year’s grants budget also includes funding for The Northwest Project, a five-year program facilitated by Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University.

Several long-running Metro Springfield grant cycles continue for innovative community projects, endowment matching for Springfield and regional agency partners, innovation and inclusion in Springfield and Greene County classrooms, arts and culture in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council and senior issues in partnership with the Greene County Senior Services’ Tax Fund Board.

For the CFO’s rural partners, this year’s Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership with The Commerce Trust Co., will make $250,000 available for needs in rural communities. Coover Regional Grant applications will be accepted during a three-month period beginning November 15, 2018.

These discretionary grants are made possible by generous donors who make unrestricted or field-of-interest gifts to the CFO. 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: http://cfozarks.org/cfo-grantmaking-programs/

The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation with assets of $285 million as of June 2018. The CFO works to advance philanthropy through a network of private donors, 49 affiliate foundations and more than 600 nonprofit partners throughout its service region south of the Missouri River.