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Foundations Offer Grants To Focus On Community Challenges

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A community focus report recently highlighted numerous “red flag” issues or challenges facing Springfield. Now, several local organizations have joined together to create The Community Response Challenge. This is a grant initiative that will award $325,000 to local non-profits dealing with some of these issues. The 10 grant recipients were announced today. KSMU’s Katie Easley was there and has this report.

The bi-annual Community Focus Report is an effort among several local groups to highlight both positive and negative trends in the community. Based on the most recent report, Community Foundation of the Ozarks brought together several organizations to form the Community Response Challenge grant panel. Doug Thornsberry is a co-chair of the grant panel and says because of the current economic climate there’s less grant money available. He says that meant the panel had to narrow its focus.

“This year unfortunately we don’t have as much grant funding available as in previous years so we’ve narrowed it down to one round. And we’re focusing on three red flag issues those are child abuse and neglect, housing and hunger, and access to health care,” says Thornsberry.

Each non-profit that applied pledged it would raise between $25,000 and $50,000. The non-profits have until April 2010 to raise the money and Thornsberry saysthe Community Response Challenge Grant Initiative will then match the money.

“We hope to see that these agencies are successful and able to match and that these operational funds will allow them to conduct their mission in these difficult times,” says Thornsberry.

Some of the local non-profits that received this grant are Ozarks Food Harvest, The Child Advocacy Center, and the Kitchen Clinic.

For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley.