NEW! 4 Legged Friends Grants Available!

The Community Foundation of the Lake is pleased to announce a new grant for the support of our four legged friends. The Karen Jean Rudek Fund provides support for horse and dog shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue facilities with preference given to Lake of the Ozarks organizations. This grant is not for funding of salaries, utilities or rent.

The grant round will open August 17 and close Sept. 27, 2020. Interested parties should visit to learn more.

Grant awards will range from $500 to $10,000 and be limited to only funding shelters, sanctuaries and rescue facilities for horses and dogs in Morgan, Miller and Camden counties.

This grant is available thanks to a field of interest fund created by the Karen Jean Rudek Trust. All questions should be directed to Jane Wright at 573-348-2816.

Applications are due 11:59 p.m. on September 27, 2020.

Challenge Grants Awarded!

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Contact Us

Community Foundation of the Lake
PO Box 1413
Lake Ozark, MO 65049




Community Foundation of the Lake Grants

In 2008, the Community Foundation of the Lake was established by community leaders to assist in building the educational, cultural, health and economic development of the Lake area. The Community Foundation is affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks which assists more than 40 communities in fund development and administration of the funds at a minimal cost so that the financial resources stay in each community.

The Community Foundation of the Lake, a new way of giving, recently awarded 19 grants to the following local community nonprofit programs:

  • Wonderland Camp for 7 campers to attend summer camp
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters to sponsor 8 new matches of big brothers and big sisters
  • LambHouse for the Sue’s Shoes program to provide new shoes for those in need
  • Kids' Harbor for 2 refrigerators and to update kitchen
  • Food for Morgan City for access ramp to community center
  • Camdenton School Laser Robotics for 6 Chromebooks for Laser Robotics Program
  • Westlake Aquatic for swim lessons for children in summer program
  • Camden City Child Advocacy vouchers to buy socks/underwear and back to school supplies
  • Lake Arts Council for summer theatre program for children
  • Osage Beach Senior Center for meals for seniors
  • Camdenton School Buddy Packs for buddy packs
  • CADV for rent/utility assistance for victims' housing
  • Idiot's Club for scholarship and dual credit programs
  • Concerns for Police Survivors for blue ribbons for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • Medical Missions for Christ for diabetic management supplies
  • Children's Learning Center to fund tuition for a child
  • Stop Human Trafficking to fund the creation of a corporate website
  • Can-Am Police Fire Games to support the 2018 Can-Am games
  • Central MO Foster Care for family respite time away

The Community Foundation is a growing resource to receive and grant local community funds donated by families,individuals and corporations. Donations may be in any amount,unrestricted to benefit any community need or restricted by donor designationand used for a specific program or purposes as the donor identifies. All Community Foundation funds stay in the Lake area where they benefit manyorganizations meeting a broad range of local community needs.

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2017 Grantees

  • BBBS
  • Buddy Packs
  • CADV
  • Child Advoc.
  • Fellowship Christian Athletes
  • Food For Morgan County
  • Kids Harbor
  • Lake Area Industries
  • Lake Arts Council
  • Laser Robotics
  • Medical Missions For Christ
  • Osage Beach Senior Center
  • Share The Harvest
  • Westlake Aquatic Center
  • Wonderland Camp


In 2016 more than $26,000 was awarded to 17 local Non-Profits by Community Foundation of the Lake

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