Community Foundation of the Ozarks chose five nonprofits to award $50,000 in grants.
Springfield Community Gardens was the largest recipient of CFO’s Metro Springfield Community Innovation grants presented Friday. The nonprofit will use the $12,000 in funding to train urban farmers and community garden operators on increasing production, according to a news release.
The other recipients, by grant amount, were:
• $11,900, Hear Our Voice to start pilot programs at Reed Academy and Central High School next fall teaching students about civic responsibility, voter education and volunteerism;
• $11,000, Ride417 to continue its mission of offering free rides home to college and university students who are intoxicated or in an otherwise unsafe situation;
• $10,600, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks to educate families and provide them starter kits to encourage use of cloth diapers; and
• $4,500, Stars for Autism to expand its Autism Info-Blast project with training seminars and free resource materials.
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