Funding for Impact
The St. Louis Community Foundation provides grants management and administrative support for private and family foundations. We assist foundation trustees with their grantmaking decisions in an effort to help them fund creative and sustainable programs.
We provide assistance to nonprofits in navigating the diverse funding structures of our clients and provide the foundations with information about the nonprofit landscape as a whole, as well as their particular area of interest.
Each foundation has its own set of funding criteria and submission deadlines. In order to be considered for a grant, we recommend that nonprofit organizations reach out to the St. Louis Community Foundation staff to learn more about each funder’s priorities.
- Berges Family Foundation
The Berges Family Foundation supports the institutions and organizations that make Saint Louis a great place to live, work, and invest. Our contributions help fund cultural engagement, STEM preparedness, youth empowerment, and support for our heroes and first responders.
The Berges Family Foundation chooses our beneficiaries carefully. We support those who have proven results, demonstrate measurable impact, show organizational excellence, demonstrate sustainability, collaborate with others, and ignite real and lasting change.
Organizations that align with our goals – to give St. Louis a positive foot forward and instill hope in the lives of those who may not have that hope – are those we aim to partner with while encouraging others to share in their missions.Learn More
- Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund
The Fund’s Scope and Restrictions
- The terms of the settlement require that the Bridgeton Fund be used for community betterment in the areas of public health, public safety, and the environment for communities impacted by the subsurface smoldering event.
- Priority will be given to programs and projects within a four-mile radius from the Landfill.
- Grants may be made to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations only.
- The St. Louis Community Foundation will disburse all funds within four years.
The settlement also specified some restrictions on the Fund. Specifically, the funds may NOT be used for the following:
- Payments to individuals
- Acquisition of any property
- Support of any type of legal proceeding
- Reimbursement or payment for any past expenses, damages, or losses incurred by any person
- Any project or initiative created or funded by the State of Missouri except that distributions to fund any environmental cleanup project explicitly authorized by Missouri law are permitted
Funding initiatives will fall into four areas:
- Physical Health
- Behavioral and Mental Health
- Public Safety
- Community Greening and Healthy Living
Initiatives may also overlay efforts targeting children, youth, and families and/or that address basic needs of the community (food insecurity, housing, transportation, etc.).
Applying for a Grant
The St. Louis Community Foundation will be releasing “Requests for Proposals” (RFPs) for funding early in 2019 and will use the Missouri Common Grant Application v 2.0 modified for the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund.
The first round of grant applications will be focused on smaller projects and programs in the areas listed above. As this is a time-restricted fund, sustainability of any project or program will be a key factor in reviewing grant applications.
The Community Foundation envisions a few larger projects, as well. These will have individual RFPs and will be rolled out over the next three years as they are identified.
Click here to learn more about the Bridgeton Fund.
Mental Heath and Substance Abuse Application Materials
- Click here to download the Mental Health and Substance Abuse RFP
- Click here to download the common grant application for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Small Grants Application Materials
- Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust
EPHT, formally the Episcopal Presbyterian Charitable Health and Medical Trust, is dedicated to providing access to health care for under-served populations. Our mission grew out of a commitment to a healthcare ministry in our community and is stewarded by volunteer leadership from both the Episcopal and Presbyterian faiths.
The mission of EPHT is to support organizations that provide quality healthcare services to St. Louisans. We seek to create partnerships with effective, community-based organizations that work to improve the lives of others through access healthcare.Apply for a Grant from EPHT
- Pettus Foundation
In 2015, with the untimely death of Mr. James Finch III, the Community Foundation accepted the honor and privilege of working for the Trustees of the Pettus Foundation to continue to ensure that the philanthropic wishes of Mr. Pettus live on in the St. Louis Region.
The Foundation’s giving occurs in three ways:
- St. Louis, where Mr. Pettus Jr. was born and went to school with funding for education of children at risk (with a focus on public education) and job training (helping those who are receivers of society become producers/tax payers to society).
- Hawaii, where Mr. Pettus Jr. lived in his later years primarily funding early childhood education and human services.
- Plus, each of the seven children of James T. Pettus Jr. (family advisors) has an allocated amount to give to charities of their choice both domestically and internationally.
The Trustees for the Pettus Foundation are:
Lisa Hamilton, Family Trustee
Al Castle, Trustee
The Northern Trust Company, Corporate Trustee
St. Louis accepts Letters of Intent for education of children at risk and job training three times a year. Staff at the St. Louis Community Foundation will review all letters and invite pre-screened candidates to submit a customized version of the Missouri Common Grant Application. Please note the following:
- The Pettus Foundation does not consider grant applications requesting funds for computer technology.
- The Pettus Foundation will consider, from time to time and on a case by case basis, applications from excellent charter schools which demonstrate outstanding academic results and sound financial planning. However, public charter schools are not a focus of the Foundation.
- The Pettus Foundation’s typical grant range is from $10,000 to $25,000. The trustees especially favor applications that demonstrate multiple funding partners and match or challenge grant opportunities. The trustees seek to leverage the Foundation’s assets to strengthen Saint Louis non-profits working toward the foundation’s goals.
*Hawaii gives to pre-selected organizations and does not accept applications for grants.
In the past decade, Hawaii grants have tended to favor organizations addressing homelessness, hunger, job training, early education, literacy, and programs increasing the independence and the self-sufficiency of citizens.
Click here to review a listing of 2017 Hawaii grants. Questions related to Hawaii grants can be referred to:
Alfred L. CastleDownload Letter of Intent Form for Pettus Foundation
Pettus Foundation Trustee
733 Bishop Street, Suite 1275
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Interested in Applying for a Grant?
If you think your organization is a great mission-fit for one of our Foundation clients or if you would like to apply for a grant, we can help you get started.