The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 25, 2013

Board for Joplin tornado to award $302,000 in funding

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — A dozen grants amounting to about $302,000 are to be awarded to organizations that were affected by the 2011 tornado or are aiding recovery from the storm.

Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund agreed to award money for building repairs, aid to storm victims, and for storm shelters.

Those approved for grants Friday include The Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee, Crosslines Churches on behalf of the Multi-Agency Warehouse; Habitat for Humanity, Art Feeds, Children’s Haven, the Boys & Girls Club, Area Agency on Aging, Care to Learn, Ozark Center’s Turnaround Ranch, the R-8 Foundation, and two grants for the Joplin Family Y.

Two applications from organizations that were funded in last year’s initial round were placed on hold until documentation is obtained on how the earlier money was spent.

There was more than $450,000 left in the fund to spend this round.

Board chairman Phil Stinnett also told the board that the fund received a $70,000 contribution yesterday from a donor who wished to remain anonymous, which means about $220,000 is left for future awards.