A Century of Service. Giving for Good.

Grant Cycle Opens



The Spirit of St. Louis (SOS) Women’s Fund connects women across St. Louis to collectively strengthen the community through informed, focused grant-making. The group, a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, has nearly 200 members. Since its founding in 2006, SOS has given the St. Louis region over $1,700,000 in grants.

Nonprofits seeking funding for the 2015-16 grant cycle are invited to submit a letter of inquiry. Along with other grant-makers in the region, SOS will be using the Missouri Common Grant Application Short Form for letters of inquiry.Organizations will be notified if they are chosen to submit a full proposal.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations operating within the St. Louis area that provide services within the city of St. Louis and/or to one of the following counties: St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin in Missouri or St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe in Illinois.  Interested organizations must register and letters of inquiry must be uploaded online at www.spiritstlwomensfund.org between September 3 and September 29, 2015.

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

SOS does not generally provide grant money for operating support but may do so for specific costs associated with well-planned projects. Grant amounts range between $5,000 and $25,000. Preference is given to organizations or projects responding to urgent or critical needs, especially those not being addressed by other organizations, projects with specific or measurable outcomes, and to organizations with budgets under $1 million.


   SOS Grant Timeline:


  • September 3 through September 29, 2015 – SOS website at www.spiritstlwomensfund.orgopen for organization registration and letters of inquiry. Please review all the information under the “Apply for a Grant” tab.
  • Mid-November 2015 - Organizations selected to submit a full grant application will be notified.
  • January 7, 2016 - Deadline for selected organizations to submit completed grant application online. Site visits with SOS grant committee members will be scheduled during January, February, and March of 2016.
  • Mid-May, 2016 - Applicants will be notified regarding grant decisions. Funds are distributed at SOS’s Grant Awards Celebration in May 2016.


For more information or to submit a letter of inquiry online, visit: www.spiritstlwomensfund.org

St. Louis Community Foundation

#2 Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO 63105
tel 314-588-8200, fax 314-588-8088