Purpose and Impact

The Darr Family Foundation (DFF) understands that communities become stronger and more vibrant places to live when everyone has access to the resources they need to maximize their potential, and is committed to providing financial resources to agencies working in areas that align with the mission and vision of the foundation. 

The foundation accepts grant applications during two grant-making cycles annually. 

  • OPEN GRANT CYCLE – this grant cycle is open to any agency working within the foundation’s geographical service area of southwest Missouri or areas of IDF, IsoNova or FITCO company operations. Grant awards are one-year in duration and range from $1,000 to $20,000. Successful programs will further the Foundation’s mission of “empowering at-risk youth to overcome barriers to opportunity.” The online application process can be found by clicking on “Grant Application” above. The deadline for the OPEN GRANT CYCLE is March 15th annually.
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND LITERACY – In 2017, the Board of Directors of the Darr Family Foundation allocated 60% of annual funding to an Early Childhood Education and Literacy Initiative that will effectively improve kindergarten readiness and literacy skills in Springfield children ages birth through third grade. For more information regarding this initiative, please contact Heather Zoromski at 417-888-1495 or hzoromski@darrfbc.com.