|(ST. LOUIS) – Four nonprofits in southwest Missouri have received grants totaling $527,388 from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). Grant funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians. The local grants are part of a $17.8 million round of funding recently approved by MFH’s Board of Directors.
Three grants totaling $400,000 come through MFH’s Basic Support program. Basic Support funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits’ existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are first-time Basic Support grant recipients. Two-year grants were awarded to:
- Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri, Joplin, $100,000. With funding, the southwest Missouri organization provides advocacy, support and treatment for children suffering from sexual and physical abuse.
- Community Support Services of Missouri, Joplin, $200,000. Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization provide therapy, activities and education for people with developmental disabilities, and the elderly.
- * Joplin Family YMCA, Joplin, $100,000. The grant helps the southwest Missouri organization offer health, wellness and fitness programming to the community, including underserved residents.
Lafayettt House, Joplin received 127,388 from MFH’s Women’s Health funding program which currently supports efforts to reduce violence against women. The funding helps the southwest Missouri organization expand its counseling and support services for sexual assault survivors.
Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri. MFH is in its ninth year of grantmaking, having issued more than $427 million in grants and awards to date. It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and under-served residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.