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. 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.” If interested in applying, please contact Heather Zoromski HERE or at 417-888-1495 for further instructions. The deadline for the OPEN GRANT CYCLE is March 15th and September 15th at 5:00pm annually. Late applications will not be considered. THE SPRING 2020 OPEN GRANT CYCLE WILL OPEN DECEMBER 1st, 2019 AND WILL CLOSE JANUARY 31st, 2020 DUE TO HEATHER’S IMPENDING MATERNITY LEAVE.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND LITERACY – In 2018, 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. On January 5, 2018, in partnership with Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Musgrave Foundation, a $1,010,000 award  was presented to Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  Through their Every Child Promise initiative, they will be working to increase access to quality preschool for under resourced families, provide training for educators in the “Conscious Discipline” methodology, and encourage parents to have their children screened for developmental milestones. This program will impact over 2,000 children in the Springfield community over the next five years. For more information regarding this initiative, please contact Heather Zoromski at 417-888-1495 or HERE.  A special thanks to local media partners providing coverage for this exciting endeavor. Links to news coverage can be found here:  KY3/KSPR, FOX 5 KRBK, and the Springfield Newsleader.