On Jan. 27, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded Rural Vitality Grants totaling $209,631 to 13 nonprofit organizations in central and southern Missouri, including one in Texas County.

The new Rural Vitality Grants are funded by an anonymous donor who has specific interest in supporting young people in communities with median incomes of 200 percent or less of the poverty rate. These grants will support programs to improve health, education and economic self-sufficiency in rural communities across the CFO’s service area.

This is a companion program to the CFO’s Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program to support rural initiatives in partnership with Commerce Trust Company.


Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation will receive  $10,216 to provide Heartsaver CPR AED for Infants and Children courses, a lifesaving educational program for mothers.

“We are very fortunate to have partners and donors who understand the dual challenges of limited grant opportunities targeted for rural America and the disparities rural residents face in areas such as access to health care and educational opportunities — important factors that contribute to economic self-sufficiency,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation established in 1973 that provides asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership through a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and some 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri. In Houston, the affiliate foundation is the Houston Community Foundation.


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