Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from The Trio Foundation of St. Louis (the “Foundation”). The Trio Foundation of St. Louis has one grant cycle per year. Part One of the application is due by 11:59 p.m. on August 6, 2017. Click here to enter the grants portal and begin the process.
Note: if you are new to our on line grants system you will need to register your organization first. Once you register you receive an email with login and password information which will allow you to enter the portal to begin the application. Registation can take up to 24 hours.
Before you apply, please review the following guidelines:
Areas of Interest
Areas of interest with a focus on the greater St. Louis region:
Arts/Culture Particularly programs that 1. increase the capacity of small and mid-sized organizations; or 2. are especially unique and innovative
Education Particularly programs that improve education among urban populations
Environment Particularly for programs that directly provide for the betterment of the environment and ecology in the St. Louis area.
Health/Human Services Particularly programs that: 1. serve economically disadvantaged people; 2. directly serve individuals with health issues; 3. serve people with physical and/or developmental disabilities; 4. empower women
Jewish Community Support
Area of interest NOT focused on the St. Louis region:
Technology as it affects social issues Examples include: technology to foster citizen engagement in and enhancement of the democratic process; technology as it affects civil liberties and privacy issues; the use of technology to increase openness of information (e.g. libraries online or sharing of medical research). This area of interest is NOT limited to agencies and programs that focus on St. Louis. It also does NOT include technology for instructional purposes (e.g. purchasing computers or software). It is strongly recommended that potential applicants in this area of interest contact the Foundation Executive Director before submitting a proposal.
Other Important Information
In 2017 the Foundation will be considering grants for general operating purposes where there is a positive historical relationship between the Foundation and the applicant.
Capital funds are limited. If you are interested in applying for capital support, it is highly recommended that you talk with the Foundation Executive Director in advance of submitting an application.
Requests should be for projects occurring in 2018 (operating grants should be for funds applied to budgets that are in use during 2018).
The Trio Foundation of St. Louis does not accept the Missouri Common Grant Application (MOCGA); however, many of our questions align with those on the MOCGA. Applicants may “cut” and “paste” responses where relevant.
The Foundation generally focuses its grantmaking in the St. Louis region, primarily programs and organizations operating in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, with a limited number in East St. Louis, IL.
The Foundation is not interested in supporting the production of videos, CD-Roms, conferences, seminars, feasibility studies, the purchasing of computer hardware or software, event sponsorship, charter schools or the development of strategic plans.
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for scientific or medical research projects.
Grants for international programs will be made only through U.S.-based or affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
Program and operating support awards are for one year. They can be up to $25,000, but most are in the $5,000-$15,000 range.
Only one application per year per agency will be accepted.
It is the policy of the Foundation not to make grants to Type III supporting organizations that are not functionally integrated. Any organization applying to the Foundation submits that it is not an organization described in IRC 509(a)(3)(iii) which is not functionally integrated.
Overview of Grant Process
The Foundation has a two-part application process:
Part 1 Preliminary Proposal: Applicants are asked to submit the Part 1 Preliminary Proposal with a one-page cover letter and a board list. The form and letter are due by 11:59 pm on August 6, 2017. The Foundation will review this information and contact applicants via email by September 5, 2017 regarding the status of their application.
Part 2 Full Proposal: If the Part 1 Preliminary Proposal is found to be promising, the organization will be invited to submit the Part 2 Full Proposal, due by 11:59 pm September 29, 2017. The Foundation will notify all of those who submit Part 2 Full Proposals of the outcome of the Board’s deliberations in mid-December 2017. Please note that submission of Part 2 does not guarantee that a grant request will be funded.
Applicants may contact Wendy Jaffe, Executive Director, at 314-725-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions before July 21, 2017.