Last edited 2:50 p.m., April 22, 2019
Partnering with Commerce Trust Co., Community Foundation of the Ozarks presented $320,000 in grants yesterday to 19 organizations focused on serving rural students and communities.
This year’s recipients for the regional grants were selected from 100 applications totaling $1.5 million in funding requests, according to a news release. The awards were made to agencies working to address poverty, health, education and community development.
The largest award, at $45,000, went to the Springfield Art Museum for its arts programming that serves rural school districts in southwest Missouri, according to the release. The museum was one of three place-based education grants, which are awarded to a program that “connects classroom curriculum to a school’s community,” said CFO spokesman Aaron Scott.
The grants are made possible by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. Julia Dorothy Coover worked at Commerce Bank for 30 years and in 1992 established the trust to honor her husband’s memory, according to the release. The Coover Charitable Foundation has awarded roughly $5.7 million in grants.
This year’s Coover grant recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
Recipients are selected by a volunteer board representing regional communities, chaired by Jill Reynolds of Commerce Trust along with members Rob Foster, Marshfield; Brian Hammons, Stockton; Jim Holt, Reeds Spring; Kathy Lasley, Cuba; Karen Miller, Ozark; Robin Morgan, West Plains; and Marvin Silliman, Lake Ozark.
The Coover Place-Based Education Grant recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
The Coover Place-Based Education Grants are selected by a volunteer board chaired by Reynolds, along with members Judy Brunner, Lindsay Haymes, Matt Hudson and Heather Landwer.
“We are honored to continue Mrs. Coover’s legacy through these grant programs,” said Reynolds, Commerce Trust’s vice president, in the release. “Thanks to the foresight of her endowment nearly 30 years ago, more than 19 communities across central and southern Missouri will be positively impacted by these grants today.”
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