Our Mission

Our mission at Ozark Vitality is building partnerships to create a better place to live, work and play in the Ozarks. We are a non-profit resource for community and economic development, focusing on rural communities in the eastern Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas.

We believe the key to creating sustainable economic growth and prosperity for any of these small communities is regional collaboration, partnering with community leaders, businesses, grant-makers and government to improve the Ozarks as a region. Our projects focus on creative place-making: using the power of art, culture and creativity to ignite positive change and spur economic growth.

Ozark Vitality is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


What We've Achieved

  • Applied for over $2.1 million in grants for ourselves and our partners in the region.
  • Helped bring in over $1.9 million in grant funding for the Ozark region.
  • Studied how to build an innovation hub to help artisans succeed as entrepreneurs.
  • Helped bring live theater performances to children in Doniphan, Missouri
  • Provided technical assistance and helped build local capacity for flood recovery in Carter County, Missouri.
  • Launched the "flood buddy" program with Louisa County, Iowa to support recovery in Van Buren, Missouri.
  • Launched an annual Earth Day festival in Doniphan, Missouri

2017 Year in Review

Learn about our accomplishments in 2017 and our priorities for 2018