The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 8, 2013

Board hears tornado funding requests

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Requests for grants for an array  of tornado recovery needs from administering housing programs to helping traumitized children and feeding volunteers were heard Tuesday by the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund board of trustees.

Members of the board heard 15 grant applications for a round of funding it intends to make available this month.

The board received 23 grant applications but agreed at an earlier meeting that eight did not meet the requirements of the fund.

 The applications in total ask for more than $2 million toward $6 million in projects and programs, but there is not enough money to fill all the requests. The fund has about $450,000 available and the board will discuss next Monday how much to distribute this round. At that meeting, the board also will discuss which grants to fund and for how much.

The fund was established by the city of Joplin to receive donations intended to provide direct aid to tornado survivors or for infrastructure repairs or storm safety needs.