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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept unsolicited proposals?
Yes, if they are for programs and organizations in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Do you accept proposals from newly formed organizations or organizations that have not applied to Trio in the past?
Yes. However it is strongly recommended that you contact the Foundation before submitting a proposal to make sure that the program/agency is a good match for Trio.

How does an organization apply?
We have an online application process. See guidelines and application process.

Can we send a generic grant proposal or the Missouri Common Grant Application (MOCGA) form?
The Trio Foundation of St. Louis has a formal application process and at this time accepts our application form only (See application). All of the questions are from the MOCGA 2.0. We ask that you use our online form but feel free to cut and paste from responses to the MOCGA as appropriate. Please note that some responses have word count limits.)

Will a representative of the Foundation come to our program and see us in action?
The best time of year for us to meet is January – June. During the second half of the year our focus is on the annual grant cycle. We received almost 200 Part One proposals last year, and unfortunately are not able to meet with organizations during this very busy time.

Can we send a draft of our proposal for a preliminary review in advance of making a formal application?
Given the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to review draft applications. However, we are happy to talk on the phone or via email about ideas you may have for the application.

Do you make general operating grants?
Yes. These are typically made for organizations where the Foundation has had an historical funding relationship. The first grant from Trio is generally for program support and is under $10,000. Once we’ve worked with an organization in this way, we are open to discussing general operating support.

Do you support capital campaigns?
Yes, under limited circumstances. It is recommended that you talk with the Foundation Executive Director in advance of submitting a capital campaign application.

Will the Trio Foundation make multi-year grants?
Most grants made through the open application process are for one year. Multi-year grants are for capital campaigns and Foundation-initiated programs.

What is the best way to contact the Foundation?
Our Executive Director, Wendy Jaffe, will respond to calls and emails (314-725-3040 or Grants Manager Marissa Rosen is at

What is the most common grant amount in the open application process?
Grants can be up to $25,000, but are most often in the $5,000-$15,000 range.