MRPC News Release

For immediate release
March 20, 2017

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MRCF awards six community grants

ST. JAMES­—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded six community grants, totaling $1,500, in the Meramec Region. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications requesting a total of $4,250 and representing projects in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. The recipients of the grants received the funds during a presentation at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon March 7 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James.

Recipients each received grants in the amount of $250 and included:

  • Bonebrake Center of Nature and History in Dent County for a public bathroom renovation,
  • Esther’s House of Redemption in Maries County for the Freedom Outreach Project,
  • Newburg Community Revitalization Program Group in Newburg for community park improvements,
  • Owensville Chamber of Commerce in Gasconade County for downtown benches,
  • Salvation Army of Pulaski County for their food and shelter program, and
  • Washington County Community Partnership for a bathroom renovation.

MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) in Springfield. The regional affiliate was formed in 2010. Its 12-member board includes representation from each of the eight Meramec counties and from MRPC. Vicki Nelson, vice president of Mid America Bank’s Belle Branch, serves as MRCF’s chairman. Currently, MRCF has 52 funds totaling nearly $767,576.

CFO is a public foundation serving the Missouri Ozarks. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the region through resource development, community grant-making, collaboration and public leadership. Formed in 1973, CFO has since grown to include 49 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,600 charitable funds totaling approximately $253 million in assets.

MRPC, in addition to establishing the regional foundation, provides staff support to MRCF. Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 25, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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