Myriad local organizations yesterday collectively received nearly $650,000 in grants.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc., in partnership with the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation and U.S. Bank Wealth Management, presented the Musgrave Multi-Year Impact Grants, according to a news release. The grants focus on three areas: student citizenship, foster families and change for children.
First-year student citizenship grant recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
• History Museum on the Square Inc., $72,500 to connect K-12 students with experiential learning.
• Leadership Springfield, $62,000 to support its civic leadership access program in partnership with Parkview High School.
• Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation, $35,975 to expand the student-run, nonpartisan Politically Active program.
• Springfield Daily Citizen Inc., $80,000 to increase civic engagement among young people through media consumption.
Second-year foster families recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
• Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, $13,046 to support the addition of an advocate supervisor.
• The Connecting Grounds, $39,800 to add a family connection coordinator and support trauma-informed training.
• FosterAdopt Connect Inc., $50,000 provide advocacy and support for biological parents.
• Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc., $50,000 to advocate for and support biological parents.
• KVC Missouri (formerly Great Circle), $50,000 to expand its therapeutic foster care program.
Final-year change for children recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc., $30,000 to support its student workforce development program.
• OTC Foundation, $50,000 for support a full-time staff leader for its early childhood program.
• Ozarks Food Harvest Inc., $25,000 for its Weekend Backpack Program providing food for Springfield Public Schools students.
• Springfield-Greene County Park Board, $15,000 for staff training on mental and social-emotional behavioral needs of youth in its before- and after-school programs.
• Springfield Regional Arts Council Inc., $22,250 for its Growing Up in the Arts program to expose underserved students to the arts.
• The Kitchen Inc., $41,087 to add a case manager at its Rare Breed center.
• Ujima Language and Literacy, $12,294 to support a family literacy model and five-year development sustainability plan.
Founded in 1983 by Jeannette Musgrave, the foundation focuses on initiatives impacting children and senior services; health care and education; poverty, hunger and homelessness; and arts and community betterment, according to its website.
Plans for the Finley Ridge apartment complex in the growing community of Ozark call for four buildings, four stories apiece, with 48 units each for a total of 192, as well as a 1,500-square-foot shared community and fitness room.