Nonprofit FAQs

How do I get money from the Covid-19 Regional Response Fund?
While we know the need is great and many of you are trying to serve your constituents during these very difficult times, the first round of funding is being distributed to nonprofits that have broad reach and experience in organizing responses in the midst of disasters or crises.

The Regional Response Fund Advisory Council is reviewing lists of St. Louis Regional Response Team members and COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disasters) to identify the first few rounds of grant recipients and to ensure the grants reflect the needs of vulnerable populations.

If there is enough funding, future rounds will likely be open for application. Keep checking the website for future opportunities.

Is there a geographic focus for the fund?
Yes: 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?
The Regional Response Fund Advisory Committee identified the following criteria for COVID-19 Regional Response Fund grants:

  • Established organizations with a track record of effective disaster or crisis response
  • Ability to use innovative methods to deliver services, particularly given limitations to face-to-face contact
  • Broad reach within the community
  • Provide services to the following constituencies: ChildCare, Disabilities, Education – K12 or Early Education, Food Distribution, Health, Mental Health, Older Adults, Prescription Distribution, Rental, Mortgage, or Utility Assistance, Testing and Covid-19 care
  • Number of people served
  • Priority given to those organizations operating with an equity framework and which serve traditionally under-served populations.

What organizations were selected for the first round of grants?

  • Aging Ahead: elder services and food delivery
  • Alive & Well Communities: basic services, mental health, and isolation
  • Behavioral Health Network: uninsured adults, homeless without phones
  • Cardinal Ritter Senior Services: basic needs, mental health, and isolation
  • Catholic Charities of St. Louis: coordinate agencies providing unmet and emerging needs
  • Community Action Agency of St. Louis County: rent, mortgage, utility, and food assistance
  • Connections to Success: access to technology, food, transportation, occurring because of a job loss
  • Metro Trans Umbrella Group: food and toiletries, and address social isolation for trans-gendered
  • Operation Food Search: food for children and families
  • Paraquad: emotional support and communication for families and caregivers
  • St. Francis Community Services: therapy, legal aid and case management
  • St. Louis Area Agency on Aging: nutrition, transportation and other services
  • St. Louis Area Food Bank: provide food given network disruptions
  • The Salvation Army: food, supplies, shelter
  • United for Children: nutrition and childcare for emergency and essential personnel
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis: nutrition and isolation and low-income rent and utilities

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.

If selected, will we need to fill out the Missouri Common Grant Application?
To limit the burden on nonprofits, there will be a brief application asking for basic information about your organization and work to address the basic needs of vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

When will grants be announced? Information and announcements will be forthcoming as decisions are made. We will publish the names of grantees on