STLCF Announces Three New Grant Opportunities

The St. Louis community Foundation (STLCF) is excited to announce three new calls for application as part of its 2021 grant programs for regional nonprofits. These grant programs are tailored to make a positive impact in the community by responding to ongoing or emergent community needs as recognized by the area nonprofits serving those needs directly.

The following grant opportunities are now accepting applications:

The Black Communities Investment Initiative

  • The Black Communities Investment Initiative, seed funded by Facebook, was established at the St. Louis Community Foundation to provide operating support and/or capacity building opportunities to Black-led nonprofits directly serving Black communities in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Facebook, who identified STLCF as one of 20 partners in a nation-wide campaign to invest $20 million in Black communities and to Black-led nonprofits around the country. Their $1 million commitment to St. Louis is intended to improve the sustainability of nonprofit organizations embedded in and directly impacting Black communities.

In addition, the STLCF COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Advisory Council has allocated an additional $500,000 to strengthen the Facebook offering and support those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic and economic fallout.

Access the full application here. The Black Communities Investment Initiative Proposals are due at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

The Chiron Fund

  • The Chiron Fund will fund promising projects of nonprofit organizations with a strong track record of facilitating positive change for individuals living in economically challenging circumstances. Chiron is a Greek symbol that represents the “wounded healer.” With this grounding in healing, the Chiron Fund focuses on fostering empathetic understanding of the circumstances of those whose lives are touched by this work.

This round of funding is designed to significantly impact access to high-quality, affordable, mental health care (ex: counseling, psychiatry, adjunctive therapeutic interventions) for individuals living in economically challenging circumstances in Saint Louis City and Saint Louis County.

Access the full application packet here. The Letter of Interest (LOI) for The Chiron Fund is due at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Gateway Regional Environment Fund

  • The purpose of the Gateway Regional Environment Fund(“GREF”) is to support projects in the St. Louis metro area that seek to protect or improve the natural environment by reducing or ameliorating harmful human-caused impacts including, but not limited to global warming, pollution, unsustainable land use, destruction of habitat, and over population.  The Fund’s goal is to make the region more environmentally sustainable.

In this LOI phase, organizations may propose up to four potential projects that may have one year lifespan or may require multiple years and implementation. Grants may range from $10,000 to $30,000; organizations awarded a grant may apply to renew the grant for a second and third year based on an evaluation and report.

Access the full application packet here The Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Gateway Regional Environment Fund is due at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20.

If you are interested in applying for any of the grants listed, click here to be redirected to the Foundation’s grant portal.

Questions regarding the Foundation’s grant programs should be directed to Elizabeth George, Director of Community Investment at or Nikki Martinez, Community Investment Manager at