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Six Springfield-area organizations were selected for millions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act allocations from the state.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development yesterday announced the 70 recipients statewide of $94 million in Community Revitalization Grant Program funding in a news release. Recipients included municipalities, counties and nonprofits.
The city of Springfield is the largest local recipient:
• city of Springfield, $3.7 million for neighborhood revitalization;
• Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc., $2.5 million for a transitional housing facility;
• The Kitchen Inc., $2.5 million for a homeless shelter;
• Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc., $1.9 million for a women's shelter;
• Elevate Branson, $1 million for affordable housing; and
• Family Violence Center Inc., $431,318 for domestic violence services.
The Springfield-area organizations selected are collectively receiving over $12 million in funding.
Additionally, Cape Girardeau-based Codefi Foundation on Rural Innovation was chosen for nearly $2.1 million in funding for small-business support. Codefi is working with Missouri State University's Efactory on a regional workforce network called Innovate SOMO, according to past reporting.
"As we continue our work to ensure our state’s economy remains strong, these grant awards will make a real difference for local communities," Gov. Mike Parson said in the release. "Projects funded through this program will benefit Missourians all across our state by supporting critical services and addressing local needs."
Grant funds are designed to help households, communities and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with projects such as downtown property renovations, business skills training and homelessness prevention.
The first downtown Springfield branch for Arvest Bank opened; a longtime licensed massage therapist became a first-time business owner; and 7 Brew Coffee opened its fourth shop in Springfield.