Editor’s Note: This is part of a series recognizing each of the 50 states by providing state-specific grants for each. These articles follow the National Day Calendar Year. The calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day. National Missouri Day is celebrated on January 4th And Missouri was the 24th state to join the union.
So, in honor of National Missouri Day, GrantWatch is sharing some of its favorite grants below that are specifically for the state.
Most people do not know this, but Missouri’s nickname is the Cave State. This is because the state is home to more than 6,000 caves. Along with this interesting fact for National Maine Day, here are a few other facts you might not know about the state.
10 Fun Facts About Missouri
- It has the largest beer producing plant in the country and is where Budweiser began.
- Mark Twain was born there.
- The University of Missouri was the first college to grant a journalism degree.
- Missouri witnessed one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, the Tri-State tornado.
- The state bird is a bluebird.
- Farms cover 66% of the state’s total land area.
- The state animal is a mule.
- President Harry S. Truman was born there.
- Instant pancake mix was created in Missouri.
- People refer to it as the “Show Me State.”
Five Missouri-Specific Grants for National Missouri Day
- Firstly, there are grants of up to $250 to Missouri K-12 teachers and grants of up to $500 to teams of teachers for activities that bring agricultural concepts to the classroom. Funding is for activities and materials that promote the importance of agriculture in K-12 classroom settings.
- Grants of up to $2,500 to Missouri individual staff members in school and academic libraries to participate in professional development opportunities. Funding is to assist library personnel in enhancing their skills, resulting in improved library services. Eligible activities include seminars, course, workshops, and conferences. Priority will go to first-time applicants; specialized training opportunities; libraries that have not received a SHMG grant within the last 12 months; and training open to participants from multiple library districts.
- There are also grants of up to $25,000 to Missouri senior centers for projects to improve facilities. Funding is for senior facilities that serve residents outside of Springfield and Greene County, but within the CFO service area including rural southern Missouri south of the Missouri River and outside the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City.
- In addition, there is funding for Missouri nonprofit organizations for initiatives to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Areas of focus include health care, education, human services, and cultural programming. Proposals may be for operating support as well as program support. The Cowden Foundation supports organizations that serve the residents of Kansas City.
- Finally, there are grants of up to $30,000 to Missouri nonprofits to provide assistance to low-income residents for job-related transportation expenses. Funding is to ensure that individuals of modest means will be able to travel to and from their places of employment. Requests can come from qualifying nonprofits in Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties.
GrantWatch has an entire website dedicated exclusively to grants for Missouri. You can also find grants for all the other 49 states, as well as the territories and some international regions on the site by using the search bar and changing the geographic focus option to match.
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