$5,550 in grants awarded to eight area organizations
Cassville Community Foundation celebrates 15 years
The Cassville Community Foundation handed out $5,550 in grants to eight different area organizations in 2019.
• His House Foundation, $500
• Barry County Genealogical & History Society, $250
• Cassville High School Backpack Program, $500
• Cassville Food Pantry, $1,500
• Cassville YMCA, $1,075
• Crowder College-Math Program, $450
• Barry County Youth Camp, $500
• Cassville Intermediate Backpack Program, in honor of Shelley Sparkman, $1,000
Rachael Selby Freeman, Cassville Chamber director, said the foundation just celebrated its 15th anniversary.
“We have been giving away grants for several years,” she said. “The Cassville Community Foundation is under the umbrella of Ozarks Community Foundation in Springfield.
“We operate 20 endowment funds, including the Cassville education fund, under the Cassville Community Foundation.”
The money comes from a number of different donors for different reasons.
“The foundation does the taxes and dispenses the money where it needs to go,” she said. “The funds gain interest, as well. Each year, we get a percentage of interest to give back to the community in the form of grants.”
Generally, the grant totals stay in the $5,000 to $7,000 range.
“We open the grant process and people apply with a grant application,” Selby Freeman said. “Then, the advisory committee listens to a 5- to 10-minute presentation by [each] applicant.”
The advisory committee then ranks their options and gives their suggestions for the total amount to be granted to each area organization.
“All of that goes to the Cassville Community Foundation board,” Selby Freeman said. “They weigh the advisory committee’s opinions and suggestions and make the final decision. The main thing that is focused on during that time is how many people can be helped with this money.”
In fact, that is a question on the grant application that each organization is asked to answer and expand on during their presentation.
“The 2020 grant applications will open again on Sept. 1, and the deadline for applications is Sept. 30,” she said.