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Representatives of the grant recipients gather at CFO to accept the funding.
Provided by Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.
Representatives of the grant recipients gather at CFO to accept the funding.

CFO distributes $120K in DEI grants

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. on Thursday awarded $120,000 in diversity, equity and inclusion grants.

CFO's 2023 DEI grant awards went to eight recipients, according to a news release.

At $25,000, Better Together Playground received the largest amount.

The grant recipients are:
• Better Together Playground, $25,000 to support an inclusive playground to serve children in and around the Willard community;
• Heart of the Ozarks United Way, $22,000 for the Sadie Brown Cemetery Preservation Project to locate and add markers to more than 100 unmarked graves in the African American cemetery near West Plains;
• History Museum on the Square, $20,000 to showcase the history of African American schools and Black educators in Springfield during segregation;
• Springfield Little Theatre, $20,000 to support equitable access to programming for diverse individuals through a partnership with the Mosaic Arts Collective;
• Ozarks New Hope, $13,000 to provide DEI training for employees at 11 clinics in southwest Missouri;
• Unity of Springfield, $10,000 to support operational expenses for an inclusive cold weather shelter;
• Community Partnership of the Ozarks, $5,000 for the Inclusive Springfield project and the Tough Talks program; and
• Empower: abilities, $3,000 to support meal costs for volunteer surveyors who will dine at Springfield-area restaurants to gauge accessibility responsiveness.

CFO's amount of DEI grants rose to eight from five last year with a 20% increase in the organization’s fiscal 2023 grantmaking budget for the program, according to the release.

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jeffmunzinger

This is a wonderful endeavor by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks! And as a board member at the History Museum on the Square, I'm delighted that the museum has received a grant to showcase the history of African American schools and Black educators in Springfield during segregation.

Friday, November 18, 2022
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