Eight counties | 36 cities | one region

a voluntary council of local governments
serving the missouri meramec area.

Meramec Regional Community Foundation grant program accepting applications until Jan. 31

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Maria Bancroft or Caitlin Jones

ST. JAMES—Schools, churches, local governments and charitable organizations contemplating a community project that needs a small amount of funding can apply for a grant from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).

A total of $1,500 with a maximum award of $500 per grant award will be available to nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and governmental entities looking to address local needs that will enhance the quality of life within the community. 

“MRCF proudly supports our communities through our Community Grant Program, and we encourage our community organizations to apply for a grant that could benefit the individuals in the community and provide much needed programs or services,” said MRCF Chairman Jared Niederer.

For the last 11 years, MRCF has awarded grants to further local projects through its community grant program. Maria Bancroft, MRCF coordinator, said the foundation has funded many diverse projects. 

“The foundation has assisted with many projects in the past, such as helping with illiteracy, getting supplies to help the homeless population and helping families get the resources they need through training programs,” Bancroft said. 

2012 marked the inaugural year for the grant program, and in the last 10 years $15,900 in grant funds have been awarded to 61 community projects throughout the region. The grants are made possible through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation Community Grant-making Fund, which was created by a $30,000 donation from Meramec Regional Planning Commission. A portion of the fund’s earnings are distributed each year through grants.  

Awardees in 2022 included Council for Healthy Dent County for its Project Rise, the Community Partnership’s Capable Kids and Families Program and Christ Episcopal Church’s Back Door Ministry.

Applications for the 2023 grant round will be accepted online only until 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2023. Online applications may be found and submitted at www.cfozarks.org/grant/meramec-regional-affiliate-grantmaking-program-fy22.Organizations and governmental entities must be based in the Meramec Region – Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties – to qualify.

For more information on the grant opportunity, contact Bancroft at mbancroft@meramecregion.org or 573-265-2993 extension 114. To learn more about MRCF, visit www.cfozarks.org/affiliates.   

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. Jared Niederer of Gasconade County serves as president of MRCF.

Currently, MRCF has 53 funds totaling over $3.69 million.

Persons needing more information on MRCF and its philanthropy efforts can contact Bonnie Prigge or Maria Bancroft at MRPC via the phone at 573-265-2993 or via email at bprigge@meramecregion.org or mbancroft@meramecregion.org, respectively.

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, collaborations and public leadership. Formed in 1973, CFO has since grown to include 53 affiliate community foundations and more than 3,500 charitable funds totaling approximately $375 million in assets, as of June 30, 2022. 

MRPC, in addition to establishing the regional foundation and providing the initial investment to create a regional grant program, 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. Steve Vogt is the chairman of the board. A professional staff of 36 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.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.