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SOS Celebrates Five Years of Giving; Announces 2012 Grant Cycle



The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (SOS) recently celebrated its fifth year of collective giving by announcing its 2011 grant recipients.

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Grant Funds Available for 2012

The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (SOS) connects women across St. Louis to collectively strengthen the community through informed, focused grant-making.  The group, a component fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, has more than 225 members  Since 2006, SOS has awarded 64 grants to 41 nonprofits totaling $909,500.

Nonprofits seeking funding for the 2012 grant cycle are invited to submit a letter of inquiry and, if selected, a full grant application. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations operating within the St. Louis area that provide services within the city of St. Louis and/or one of the following counties: St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin in Missouri or St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe in Illinois.  Letters of inquiry can be submitted online at www.soswomensfund.org or by mail beginning August 26, 2011.

 Grants are not restricted in any fashion to issues dealing with women, but are made to organizations focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social Services

In particular, smaller organizations are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to grants that support direct services over general operating grants.  However, grants for operating support will be considered if it’s demonstrated as necessary to provide direct services. 

 To Become Eligible to Receive a Grant You Must Submit a Letter of Inquiry online or by mail between August 26, 2011 and October 14, 2011

Grant Timeline

  • August 26 through October 14, 2011 - Submit a letter of inquiry online or by mail with a postmark date on or before October 14, 2011.  Organizations invited to submit full proposals are notified in late November/early December.
  • November 28, 2011 - organizations selected to submit a full grant application will be notified the week of November 28, 2011.
  • January 13, 2012 - Selected organizations submit completed grant applications online or by mail with a postmark date on or before January 13, 2012.
  • May 14, 2012 - Applicants will be notified regaring grant decisions the week of May 14, 2012.  Funds are distributed at SOS’s Grant Awards Celebration on June 7, 2012.

For more information or to submit a letter of inquiry online, go to: http://www.soswomensfund.org/grants.html

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