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Joplin Tornado First Response Fund grant application process announced
The City of Joplin is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, established to distribute donations made on behalf of the City of Joplin in the wake of the May 22, 2011 tornado, is now soliciting grant requests.

The Board of Trustees will award grants to charitable organizations and governmental entities whose proposed uses of the funds include:

1. Relief to tornado victims

2. Rebuilding and restoring infrastructure

3. Enhancing disaster preparedness through improved warning and safety measures.

The amount of grant funds available for the first cycle of funding is $350,000. Applications are due on Friday, May 25, 2012 by 11 a.m. Incomplete or late submissions will be not be accepted.

To submit a grant proposal, go to http://www.formstack.com/forms/CFO-CityofJoplin. Joplin Tornado First Response Funds are currently held by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Questions should be directed to Phil Stinnett, Chairman, Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, pstinnett@cableone.net.