Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks awards nearly $37,000 in grants for end-of-life care and support

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The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is awarding $36,872 to three area organizations in the second round of its 2021 grant cycle. These grants support organizations helping to provide dignity at end-of-life for all persons.

The grant awards support the following initiatives:

  • Lost and Found Grief Center: $9,500 for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Grief Therapy Program, a pilot project serving those grieving the loss of a pregnancy or child less than six months old.
  • Mercy Foundation (Springfield & Lebanon):  $13,372 for Mercy Heart Prints, a program that provides tangible mementos to families who are experiencing the loss and grief of an infant or child.
  • Texas County Memorial Hospital Foundation: $14,000 for medical supplies and other support items needed for the Hospice of Care program, a service that reaches rural hospice patients and their families.

“These projects reflect the spirit of HFO’s mission,” said Regina Waters, HFO Board President. “In 2021, HFO has provided $157,000 in support to area organizations that are on the front lines of death and dying conversations, planning, or care. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community by supporting these and other high-impact initiatives.”

HFO will open the next round of grant requests on Feb. 1, 2022. Proposals must be received by May 1, 2022. Grant recipients will be announced in June.  To learn more, visit hospiceozarks.org/grant-information/

Since 1997, HFO has given more than $1.5 million in grant awards supporting innovative programs that respond to the unmet needs of those requiring hospice, palliative care, advance care planning, grief, and bereavement services. The Foundation has funded a range of grantees making important contributions in critical, yet often overlooked areas of need. Grantmaking is open to nonprofit agencies serving the people of Southwest Missouri.