COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Community Grants


The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund (“the Fund”) will direct resources to regional nonprofits that are serving local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

In an effort to identify the region’s most pressing needs and create an equitable process, The St. Louis Community Foundation has established an Advisory Council which includes representatives from the areas of public health, government, and the community. The needs of the community and our nonprofits will change throughout the crisis. The Council will work to consider needs today, a month from now and during the recovery period. The earliest stages of the shutdown within the region are of the highest priority.

Using the St. Louis Community Foundation’s Center for Civic Research and Innovation affiliate, we will monitor the grants that are made and the impact they are having to guide additional gifts and program modifications as needed.

Impact Areas

St. Louis Community Foundation 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

Examples of projects include:

  • Providing housing to COVID-19 positive or presumptive positive individuals who are unhoused
  • Delivering food, toiletry items and other basic needs to homebound individuals
  • Delivering food & basic needs to individuals and families in areas without access to retail stores and transportation
  • Providing COVID education and basic needs services for immigrants and refugees
  • Providing or facilitating access to prenatal and perinatal healthcare services
  • Offering mental or behavioral health services to people dealing with the impacts of isolation


St. Louis Community Foundation defines eligible organizations as any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that meets the criteria outlined below. Organizations applying for funding must have at least two years of operating/financial history and must provide services within the designated 6 county region (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Madison County and St. Clair County).

Other criteria include:

  • 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 a greater incidence of COVID-19 disproportionally impacting African-Americans, priority will be given to projects or programs operating with a racial equity focus.

The Advisory Council particularly favors applications that demonstrate effective collaborative partnerships.


The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is intended to implement emergency services and provide for the basic needs of the St. Louis Community. The Fund cannot provide funding to be expended on the following interests/entities:

  • Lost revenue
  • Any expenses not related to your COVID-19 response


  • Monday, April 13, 2020 – Request for Proposals released
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Proposals due by 3pm
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 – Grants announced – View list of funded nonprofits here.
  • Week of May 4, 2020 – Funds disbursed


The application for funding through the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund may be found on the St. Louis Community Foundation’s on-line grant portal at:

As well as the application questions, complete applications will include:

Download full RFP here. 


Please contact us with questions about the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and this Request for Proposals.