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CFO selects groups eligible for red-flag challenge grants

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks has selected 13 nonprofit agencies eligible for funding through its 2011-12 Community Response Challenge Grant program, which is tied to issues marked by Springfield and Greene County as red flags.

Roughly $125,000 has been made available for the challenge grants, narrowed down from nearly $240,000 in requests, according to a news release.

Under the program, funds would be transferred if the organization can raise matching funds by the end of January. The grant cycle is directly tied to the 2011 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, which pointed to insufficient public funding, poverty, economic uncertainty, and child abuse and neglect as problem areas in the region.

The participating nonprofits, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, $7,100 for salaries, training materials and supplies to help fund its mentoring programs;
  • Child Advocacy Center, $8,800 for the expenses of additional forensic interviewers, child advocates, technology and legal costs to help child abuse victims;
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks, $6,700 for facilitator training and evaluation tool development to help promote healthy families;
  • Connections Handyman Services, $8,800 for building materials, labor costs and material delivery to provide home repairs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates, $10,000 for volunteer training and recruitment to help improve outcomes for children placed in its child protection system;
  • Crosslines, $8,800 to purchase food for its food pantry;
  • Harmony House, $8,800 for materials and services for emergency shelters;
  • The Kitchen, $12,500 to provide salary costs for office supervisors and patient, pharmacy and medical assistants for its medical clinic;
  • Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center, $9,000 for scholarship support, a family coordinator and other materials for family care management services;
  • Ozarks Food Harvest, $7,000 for food, materials and support for its weekend backpack programs;
  • Ozarks Regional YMCA, $12,500 for staff, supplies, and facility and school rental costs;
  • Ronald McDonald House Tooth Truck, $12,500 for supplies to provide preventative dental services for at-risk children; and
  • The Victim Center, $12,500 for services, supplies and professional development to provide prevention education, crisis intervention, counseling and assistance to victims of crimes.
“These challenge grants have successfully leveraged $1.15 million during the last two years to help our nonprofit partners sustain strong existing programs that are working to mitigate poverty, strengthen families, support victims of domestic violence and help people gain access to health care,” CFO Board Chairman Cliff Brown said in the release.

The grants will be awarded at a Feb. 15 reception at CFO.[[In-content Ad]]

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