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 – this grant cycle is open to any collaborative working in the Springfield, Missouri community to close the academic achievement gap within the early childhood education and literacy systems. Programs that include a combination of academic and home interventions will be considered. An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. at the Darr Agriculture Center. Applicants can apply for multiple years of funding. The deadline for submission will be September 15, 2017.  Download the RFP here: RFP – ECEL 2017Applicant programs must include:
    • Three or more partner agencies
    • A target population that typically falls into the academic achievement gap (students that face barriers to educational success because of poverty, race, disability or language)
    • A solid evaluation component measuring access to quality preschool, kindergarten readiness, age appropriate literacy skills upon kindergarten entrance, and third-grade reading levels.