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Black Communities Investment Initiative

Grants to Missouri and Illinois Black-Led Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations to Mitigate the Economic Impact of the Coronavirus

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Louis Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/16/21 3:00 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Missouri and Illinois Black-led nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to mitigate the economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for operations assistance and capability building for applicants that provide services to Black communities in the St. Louis Metro Area. Applicants may operate within St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and St. Charles County in Missouri and the counties of Madison and St. Clair in Illinois.

The Black Communities Investment Initiative was established at the St. Louis Community Foundation to provide operating support and/or capacity building opportunities to Black-led nonprofits directly serving Black communities in the St. Louis Metro Area. Black communities – and the individuals, families, nonprofits, and businesses that comprise them – have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fall-out.

The goals of this initiative are two-fold:

  • To provide stability to Black-led nonprofits serving Black communities through operating support and/or capacity building
  • To increase Black-led nonprofits’ ability to fundraise through social media

For the purpose of this initiative, Black-led is defined as an organization in which either the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director or Board Chair/Board President identifies as Black. 

Impact Areas:

The Black Communities Investment Initiative seeks established nonprofit partners working directly with Black communities in the following impact areas:

  • Arts, Culture and Humanities
  • Education
  • Community Improvement and Capacity Building
  • Human Services, including organizations addressing mental health, behavioral health, and trauma
  • Civil Rights, Social Action and Non-political Advocacy

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194922

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $40,000. A limited number of grants are available in each of the following funding levels:
- $5,000 – $9,999
- $10,000 – $19,999
- $20,000 – $40,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will support general operating costs for up to two years or one-time capacity building projects or trainings.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Black Community Investment Initiative defines eligible organizations as:
- Any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or organization under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)3 that meets the requirements outlined in this RFP
- Having at least two years of operating/financial history
- Preference will be given to organizations with at least 75% of the total service population identifying as Black or African-American

Pre-Application Information:

- March 8, 2021: Request for Proposals released
- April 16, 2021: Proposal due by 3pm CDT
- May 2021: Grant recipients announced
- May 2021: Funds disbursed for capacity-building grants and Year 1 General Operating Support (GOS)
- April 1, 2022: Reporting due
- May, 2022: Second Year funds for GOS requests to be disbursed, if applicable

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Elizabeth George
Director of Community Investment

Nikki Martinez
Community Investment Manager

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Illinois: Counties of Madison and St. Clair ;   Missouri: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and St. Charles County

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