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Guidelines and Application 

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis (the "Foundation"). The Trio Foundation has one grant cycle per year and uses an online application process.  

If you are new to our online grants system you will need to register your organization first. Once you register you will receive an email with login and password information which will allow you to enter the portal to begin the application. Please note that registration can take up to one business day. 

Once you review the following information click here to enter the portal and begin the process.



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 arts organizations; or 2) are especially unique or innovative.

Children/Youth Development

Education Particularly programs that improve education among urban populations

Environment Particularly programs that directly provide for the betterment of the environment and ecology in the St. Louis area

Jewish Community Support

Health/Human Services Particularly programs that 1) serve economically disadvantaged people; 2) serve people with physical and/or developemental disabilities; 3) empower women

The following area of interest is 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 does NOT include purchasing computers, software or online services. It is strong recommended that potential applicants in this area of interest contact the Foundation Executive Director before submitting a proposal. 


Other Important Information

2018 requests should be for funding needed in 2019.

In 2018 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 very limited. Please contact the Foundation Executive Director in advance of requesting capital support.

Applicants are required to apply through Trio's online grantmaking system.

Trio's application questions align with the Missouri Common Grant Application 2.0 (MOCGA). Applicants may cut and paste responses where appropriate.

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, conferences, seminars, feasibility studies, the purchasing of computer software (including online subscriptions) or hardware, event sponsorship, charter schools, or the development of strategic plans. 

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for scientific or medical research. 

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 organiztion applying to the Foundation submits that it is not an organization described in IRC 509(a)(3)(iii) which is not functionally integrated.


Grant Process

The Foundation as a two-part application process:

Part 1 Preliminary Proposal: Applicants are asked to submit the Part One Preliminary Proposal with a one-page cover letter and a board list due by 11:59 pm on August 5, 2018. We will contact applicants via email by September 4, 2018 regarding the status of the application.

Part 2 Full Application: If the Part 1 Preliminary Proposal is found to be promising the organization will be invited to submit the Part 2 Full Proposal by 11:59 pm September 28, 2018. The Foundation will notify all of those who submit the Part 2 Full Proposal of the outcome of the Board's deliberations in mid-December 2018. 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 with questions before July 20, 2018.