PACE, UMC, Haven receive  $10,000 in grants

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Funds aim to offset fundraisers, support Food Pantry, community


PACE, Cassville United Methodist Church and the Haven of the Ozarks will receive grants totaling $10,000. 

The Cassville Comm-unity Foundation applied for the grant through the Coover Regional Recovery Grant Program. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks manages the Coover grantmaking program and opened this year’s grant round to its 52 affiliate foundations for proposals to support community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PACE received a grant of $5,000 to offset cancelled fundraisers due to COVID-19. The agency also will use the funds to support community improvement and development projects.

Cassville United Methodist received $2,500 for the Cassville Food Pantry, which provides food to Cassville residents in need.  

Haven of the Ozarks will use its $2,500 grant to fund programming support. The agency also will use its grant for pandemic relief for the Cassville community. 

A total of $300,000 was awarded to 30 CFO affiliate foundations for a combination of specific requests for nonprofit projects and plans to accept future applications and re-grant the funding in their communities.  

The grants are made possible by the CFO’s partnership with the Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company. The Foundation was created by Julia Dorothy Coover, a longtime Commerce Bank employee, in honor of her late husband. Since its partnership with the CFO began in 2002, the Coover grantmaking program has awarded more than $7.1 million across the Ozarks.

“One of the primary goals of the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Grantmaking program is to be flexible to respond to high-priority needs in our region,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust Company. “The nonprofit community has worked tirelessly over the past year to help residents cope with the wide range of issues created by the pandemic. We are pleased to work with CFO Affiliate leaders who are well positioned to identify local needs and the organizations responding to them.” 

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, 52 affiliate foundations, including the Cassville Community Foundation, and more than 600 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.