The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded seven new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grants and the first Pitt Technology Group Access and Assistance grant on Thursday, for pandemic-related needs. Thursday’s grants bring the total competitive grantmaking among the CFO, its affiliate foundations, and the Coover Charitable Grantmaking Program to $550-thousand-250-dollars. The first Pitt Technology Group grant for technical assistance and access was awarded to the Drew Lewis Foundation.

This week’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grants include an emphasis on mental and behavioral health needs for health-care professionals and other COVID-19 first responders through Jordan Valley Community Health Center, which received $40-thousand-dollars for the Help the Helpers project, which will provide behavioral health support for COVID-19 first responders. Also receiving funds is the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, which was awarded $5-thousand to support the agency’s work with foster, adoptive and kinship families navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Texas County Food Pantry received $5-thousand to support expenses of the pantry’s thrift store. The pantry’s region is served by the Houston Community Foundation. The CFO made an initial commitment of $1 million, to support those in need during the pandemic. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis with announcements anticipated weekly for the near future. The application process is open to nonprofits and IRS-equivalent organizations like faith and civic agencies.