Philanthropic group in Joplin is now accepting grant applications for “red-flag” issues
Grant applications for a total of $175,000 are now being accepted by the Joplin Regional Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Society, a group of community members with a mission to provide high-impact grants to address red-flag issues.
For this year’s grantmaking, the Philanthropic Society will award up to $75,000 for the new “Move the Needle” category for high-priority needs in priorities in Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction. The group also will award $100,000 in grants to address Barriers to Work and Prosperity and Child Welfare/Education with $50,000 available for each category. Details for the categories can be found on the grant application.
The grants will provide seed funding to organizations that can build out current programs or create new services that improve the status of the three categories. The selection committee will prioritize proposals from organizations that can communicate a vision and long-term plan on how they will address the identified problems and demonstrate collaboration with other community agencies willing to partner in the effort to improve community wellbeing.
The deadline for applications is 11:45 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Organizations with 501(c)3 or similar nonprofit status, such as civic, educational or faith-based groups, may apply. After the deadline, the committee will review the applications and select the top two applicants in each category. Those finalists will prepare a short video explaining their grant request. Grant recipients will be announced at the Philanthropic Society’s annual grant luncheon on May 23 at the Missouri State Southern University’s North End Zone facility.
To begin the application process, contact Nancy Good at 417-529-8676 with questions about the grant program. Contact Ashley Fleming at 417-864-6199 for technical questions about the application process.
The Philanthropic Society was formed by the JRCF in 2018 to respond to emerging community needs by making a significant charitable impact. The group is comprised of 100 members who donate at least $2,500 in annual dues to the JRCF Philanthropic Society Fund. Over the past three years, the Philanthropic Society has awarded more than $587,000 to nonprofits serving Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction.