Nonprofit FAQs

How do I get money from the Covid-19 Regional Response Fund?
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is accepting applications for funding through April 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  The coalition is seeking partners currently implementing or planning emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis. Projects accepted for funding will be designed to significantly impact one of the following priorities:

  • Homebound Services
  • Basic Needs
  • Pregnant & Parenting Families
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health Care Safety Net
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Justice Involved Individuals
  • Immigrants & Refugees

Requests for funding should not exceed $10,000.

The full request for proposals and application information may be found here.

Is there a geographic focus for the fund?
Service area within one or more of the following: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Clair County and Madison County.

What criteria are you using to make your decisions?

St. Louis Community Foundation defines eligible organizations as any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that meets the following criteria:

  • Two years of operating/financial history
  • Service area within one or more of the following: Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Madison County and St. Clair County
  • A strong track record of responding to needs within low-income communities and among vulnerable populations
  • Ability to use innovative methods to deliver services, particularly given limitations to face-to-face contact

As St. Louis reflects the national trend of COVID-19 disproportionally impacting African-Americans, priority will be given to projects or programs operating with a racial equity focus.

What organizations have been selected for funding?
A complete list of organizations that have been funded can be found here.

Who serves on the Advisory Council?
The advisory council is comprised of public health experts, foundation partners, and corporate and community representatives — individuals who can help us apply an equity lens to this work.

How are funds being raised?
Funds continue to be raised thanks to the efforts of a coalition of foundations, businesses, and individual donors.

How will the fund shift gears, if needed?
The fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most affected recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. The coalition recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience. Please note future grants and recovery efforts will be contingent on the amount of funds raised.

Do we need to fill out the Missouri Common Grant Application?
To limit the burden on nonprofits, there is a brief application asking for basic information about your organization and work to address the basic needs of vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.  You may find it here.