The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 18, 2012

Tornado fund grant applications to be heard

By Debby Woodin
dwoodin@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the board of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund agreed Tuesday to hear 15 grant applications for a round of funding it intends to make available early next year.

The board received 23 grant applications but agreed that eight of the applications do not meet the requirements of the fund.

A meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, at which the board will hear presentations to get the details of the requests. The applicants seek a total of $2.013 million for nearly $6.3 million worth of projects and programs, but there is not enough money to fill all the requests in the amounts sought.

The fund has $450,000 left after the board in July awarded a first round of $350,000 to 14 applicants. The board has left open the total amount of money it may award in this second round rather than setting a cap on what it will distribute.

In order to be eligible, the requests must be related to tornado recovery or emergency preparadness and must be something for which other government grant funding is not readily available.

The fund was established to receive donations from donors who wanted control of the money to remain local.

Money from the fund, along with a donation by the American Red Cross, was first used to buy 4,000 weather radios for free distribution to Joplin residents. The fund was tapped for $99,600 for that project.

Donations to the fund may be made online at cfozarks.org/donate or by mail at P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801.