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Gateway Regional Environment Fund (GREF) Grants

Grants to Missouri and Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Projects to Improve the Environment

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St. Louis Community Foundation - Gateway Regional Environment Fund (GREF)

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Missouri and Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects to improve the environment. Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to address pollution, global warming, habitat destruction, unsustainable land use, and over-population. Projects must benefit the St. Louis metro area, which includes 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 purpose of the Gateway Regional Environment Fund (“GREF”) is to support projects in the St. Louis metro area that seek to protect or improve the natural environment by reducing or ameliorating harmful human-caused impacts including, but not limited to global warming, pollution, unsustainable land use, destruction of habitat, and over population. The Fund’s goal is to make the region more environmentally sustainable.

The GREF assumes that a large portion of the population would adopt more sustainable practices at home and at work, but are discouraged from doing so by barriers, including, but not limited to, lack of knowledge or awareness, market inefficiencies, split incentives, fragmented opportunities, measurement challenges, and constraints on access to capital. The Fund requests Letters of Interest (LOIs) outlining project ideas intended to advance community efforts to reduce the carbon footprint.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194923

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-year grants may range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful grants may be renewed for up to two additional years. Eligibility for a second and third year of funding will be based on an annual evaluation and report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a 501c3 nonprofit organization
- Have a minimum of two permanent staff members
- Have a minimum budget of $200,000

Pre-Application Information:

- March 8, 2021: Request for Letters of Interest released
- April 20, 2021: Letters of Interest due @ 3:00 pm
- May 10, 2021: Requests for full proposals released
- June 25, 2021: Proposal due date
- July or August, 2021: Grant recipients announced
- June, 2022: First Year Evaluation Report and Funding Renewal Application due
- July, 2022: Second Year funds to be disbursed, if applicable

Organizations with a project or projects of potential interest to the GREF, based on review of the LOIs, will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding. In some cases site visits will be requested.

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Nikki Martinez
Community Investment Manager

Elizabeth George - Director of Community Investment 314.880.4956

Wendy Witte - Donor Relations & Services Manager 314.880.4962

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Geographic Focus:

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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