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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks yesterday awarded $250,000 in grants to rural communities through the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Commerce Trust Co.
Finalists were offered a chance to refocus their grant funds to address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release. Roughly $188,000 of the quarter of a million dollars in funding was earmarked for COVID-related efforts.
The Coover Charitable Foundation is also one of CFO’s lead partners in a $1 million commitment for the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund established last month. Grants through that program now reach $180,000 after two rounds of funding this month.
The 2020 Coover Foundation grants were awarded to:
“A hallmark of philanthropy is its creative and flexible approach to funding, which is essential this year for many of these grantees extending their resources to support COVID-19 efforts in their communities,” said Commerce Trust Senior Vice President Jill Reynolds in the release.
The grants are made possible by the late Julia Dorothy Coover, who worked for Commerce Bank for 30 years. She established the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation in 1992 to honor her husband’s memory. Since its founding, the foundation has awarded nearly $6 million in grants to nonprofit agencies and rural schools across the Ozarks, according to the release.
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