Every grant relationship begins with listening and learning on our part. We look to our non-profit partners as experts in their fields, and we consider whether we can make a meaningful difference as a community partner.

We look for proven community leaders—with measurable outcomes, using best practices. We’re interested in learning about how non-profit organizations are making a true impact on the children of St. Louis, and what innovative ideas non-profit leaders have for the future.

Phase 1: Introduction Form

We love getting to know you and your ideas for making the St. Louis Region a better place for children. We’ve developed a 15-minute form so we can learn a little bit about your organization and your ideas. Our team looks at these submissions every few months. We also do additional background research on every organization, and many organizations move on to the concept paper phase.

Phase 2: Concept Paper (by invitation only)

The concept paper allows us to dig deeper into your organization and your specific project or program in need of funding. We use a variety of questions to explore and refine concepts—which helps us to understand your perspective, and your commitment to innovation. This phase ends with the decision to solicit a grant application. Concept papers are solicited and accepted anytime throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly.

Phase 3: Grant Application (by invitation only)

Organizations demonstrating a potential fit with our mission and areas of focus will be invited to submit a Grant Application. The Grant Application is submitted by invitation only, after receipt and review of the Introduction Form and Concept Paper. Grant Applications are solicited and accepted anytime throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly, or as needed. An invitation to submit a Grant Application does not ensure that an organization will receive funds.

What We Don’t Fund

Examples of areas the foundation does not fund:

  • Direct donations or grants to individuals
  • For-profit entities
  • Organizations outside of our funding area
  • Fund-raising dinners, advertising or other benefits
  • Endowment projects
  • Political campaigns, candidates and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
  • Tuition reimbursement