MV Community Foundation gives out more than $63,000 in grants

By: 
Steve Chapman

The Mt. Vernon Community Foundation gave out $63,429 to Mt. Vernon organizations in the fourth quarter of 2020. The grants were in varying amounts; for example, the Mt. Vernon R-V School District was awarded $10,159, while $870 was awarded to Mt. Vernon Community Betterment to pay for a tiller and tools for the Community Garden. According to information provided by Alice Wingo, vice-president of affiliate for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the money for the grants came from the Patricia A. Downing Fund, the Mount Vernon Area Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund, and the Mt. Vernon Area Community Foundation Administrative Fund.
Wingo said the Mt. Vernon Community Foundation board members chose whom to award the funds to and in what amounts based on a certain set of standards.
“They fill out an application and the board members of the Mt. Vernon Community Foundation make selections based on the applications and the parameters of the fund providing the funding,” she said.
 Wingo said the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is grateful for the efforts of the Mt. Vernon Community Foundation board members.
“We appreciate the work and dedication of our volunteer board members in Mt Vernon as they work with the community to meet charitable needs,” she said. “Since the Mt. Vernon Area Community Foundation was established in March of 2005, they have granted $1.8 million dollars back to the community to meet a variety of needs.”
The Mt. Vernon Community Foundation accepts grant applications between Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 every year; organizations wishing to apply for grants should go online to https://www.cfozarks.org/affiliates/mount-vernon-area. Anyone wishing to establish a fund should contact Wingo at awingo@cfozarks.org.
The Mt. Vernon Community Foundation gave out the following grants in 2020:
- $10,000 to St. Susanne’s Catholic Church for carport and operating expenses;
- $1,500 to Mt. Vernon Community Betterment for Christmas Wreaths;
- $1,300 to Mt. Vernon Church of Christ for clothing and blanket giveaway;
- $5,000 to Miller Christian Service Center for backpack program and Christmas baskets;
- $1,200 to First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon for community diaper pantry;
- $8,000 Emergency Services for Children for school supplies, clothing, medical, and park program;
- $7,000 Holiday Central of Mount Vernon for presents, clothes, food, and cleaning supplies;
- $10,159 to Mt. Vernon R-V School District
- $6,400 to Mt. Vernon R-V School District for outside shade structure;
- $870 Mt. Vernon Community Betterment for the Community Garden for tiller and tools;
- $3,500 to Mt. Vernon R-V School District for Summit Afterschool Program;
- $1,000 to First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon for food pantry, shelter, and gas;
- $5,000 to Covenant Baptist Church for the Cleaning Closet;
- $2,500 to First United Methodist Church Mt. Vernon for the backpack program.
 

Category:

Lawrence County Record

312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712
www.lawrencecountyrecord.com

Facebook

Please Login for Premium Content