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Volunteers in Medicine Christian County representatives accept a $8,250 grant from city of Nixa and Nixa Community Foundation officials.
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Volunteers in Medicine Christian County representatives accept a $8,250 grant from city of Nixa and Nixa Community Foundation officials.

Nixa Community Foundation awards $30K in ARPA funds to nonprofits

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A quintet of Nixa-area nonprofits were awarded a combined $30,000 in grants last week as part of federal funds received by the city.

Nixa City Council voted in February to set aside $40,000 the municipality was given through the American Rescue Plan Act for nonprofits. The Nixa Community Foundation was awarded $10,000 and was tasked with overseeing the receipt and review of grant applications, as well as awarding the remaining $30,000, according to a news release. The grants were announced at the April 12 Nixa Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and Volunteers in Medicine Christian County were the top grant recipients, each receiving $8,250. BCFO will utilize the funds to assist local families with members diagnosed with breast cancer. Volunteers in Medicine plans to use the grant to provide free health care to uninsured, underserved and homeless Christian County residents. Services include providing a mobile clinic that offers blood pressure checks, lab testing and general exams.

The remainder of the grants went to:
• Freedom's Rest Family Violence Center, $5,750 to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence;
• Least of These Inc., $5,750 to aid individuals through its full-service food pantry in Christian County; and
• Project Birthday Bag, $2,000 to provide customized birthday bags for underprivileged children and their parents or guardians in southwest Missouri.

“We are honored to be able to fund these grants to support each of these amazing nonprofits as they serve Nixa citizens in various ways,” said Jimmy Liles, Nixa city administrator and Nixa Community Foundation president, in the release.

“Our intent is for every dollar to go towards helping our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts. Each of these organizations was very worthy of receiving grant money and we are excited to see the positive impacts they continue to make in strengthening our community.”

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