The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri awarded $1.925 million in Joplin Recovery Fund grants Thursday to support five affordable housing-related projects.

The grants were announced at a meeting of the long-term recovery committee, which partnered with Rebuild Joplin on an application for $1.5 million to build and repair housing.

The grants were awarded to:

Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee/Rebuild Joplin: $1.5 million building materials and supplies to rebuild and repair 100 homes in 2012. Nine partner agencies include: Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild Joplin, Fuller Center for Housing, Mennonite Disaster Services, Catholic Charities, Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, Spring River Baptist Association, College Heights Christian Church, and Joplin Family Worship.

Rebuild Joplin/SBP: $250,000 to repair and rebuild homes in Joplin and Duquesne for tornado survivors using SBP’s construction model for post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans.

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity: $125,000 for storm shelters for Habitat homes.

Mennonite Disaster Services: $40,000 to support 620 volunteers (or 2,650 days of labor) at the MDS “camp” in Joplin with dormitory-style lodging, basic substantial meals, and transportation to work sites.

New Creation Church: $10,000 to purchase supplies and build storage sheds for those who lost their homes in the tornado.

The grant review committee is still considering requests that weren’t directly related to the focus on affordable housing for the total grant round of $2.5 million. These grants are made possible by donors to the Joplin Recovery Fund, as well as the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Home Depot Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Grant committee members made site visits to the successful applicants and also recognized the value of collaborations and partnerships in the housing recovery process.

This is the second round of grants made from the Joplin Recovery Fund, administered by the CFSWMO, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. In September 2011, the CFSWMO’s grant review committee made 18 awards totaling $300,000 to non-profit agencies that were either directly affected by the May 22 tornado or experienced an increased impact on the services they provide for storm survivors.

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