Tornado Recovery Fund

Long Term Recovery Fund Assists Ongoing Disaster Work in the Joplin Area  

2014 Grants Now Available


After the immediate need for emergency food, clothing and shelter has been met, disaster survivors often need help replacing basic items necessary to maintain a household and sustain employment. That’s why in partnership with Heart of Missouri United Way, we established a Tornado Recovery Fund for long-term needs following the May 2011 tornado. 

During the short time of donation collection, generous individuals and companies donated more than $2.8 million dollars to assist affected individuals and families. All donations were tax deductible and were processed free of administrative fees.

United Way and other member agencies of the JCCOAD (Jasper County Community Organizations Active in Disaster) Tornado Long-Term Recovery Committee have established a community steering committee to oversee distribution of the remaining funds over the next three year period. Joplin LTRC is a standing coalition of local non-profit organizations called into action when the community experiences significant disasters.

When agencies providing long-term recovery support to individuals and families identify needs not being met by existing services, the Joplin LTRC provides financial assistance of up to the family while adhering to the eligibility guidelines developed by the coalition. Long-term recovery items include (but are not limited to) basic appliances, temporary storage, rent/mortgage payment assistance, utilities, work tools/clothing, gasoline, minor car repair, insurance deductibles, etc. .

Moving forward, eligible non-profit agencies will be able to apply for funding to support ongoing programs and work within long term recovery on an annual basis. Funding is open to all non-profits, but preference is given to United Way member agencies. Applications for funding must be received by email no later than Thursday, June 12, 2014 to  No printed applications will be accepted. 




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