The city of Springfield's Department of Workforce Development is seeking more funding from Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.'s Let’s Get to Work Fund that helps local workers with transportation needs.
With approval from City Council earlier this week, the department will submit a request for additional grant funds, according to a news release. Department officials plan to ask for $60,000, on top of $30,000 received during a second grant round in March.
"Since then, we have served more than 30 applicants,” Workforce Development Director Sally Payne said in the release. “Of the roughly 30 recipients, the majority were from Greene County. In addition, applicants were served from Dallas, Polk and Webster counties, as well. The majority of requests were for gas cards and auto repairs."
The Let's Get to Work Fund is designed to remove transportation barriers by paying for car repairs, maintenance, gas cards and other services for area employees. It was announced in December 2021 with an initial commitment of $375,000, according to past reporting.
CFO spokesperson Aaron Scott said via email the fund currently has $85,000 available. A new round of grants is expected to be announced in the near future, he said, noting donations are being sought and other funding opportunities are being pursued.
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