Responsive Grants

Deaconess Foundation recognizes that significant gaps in civic infrastructure, resources and power inhibit the health and well-being of children and families in the St. Louis region. Our Just for Kids strategy is designed to address these gaps by strengthening the region, system, and community’s capability to achieve positive outcomes through collaborative engagement and investment with diverse partners. 

Responsive Grants will support positive systemic change for the well-being of children and families in the St. Louis metropolitan region.

  • Funding will support policy development, advocacy or organizing efforts that pursue positive systemic change for the well-being of children and families in the St. Louis metropolitan region in alignment with Deaconess policy priorities.
  • One- or two-year grants will be awarded quarterly up to $15,000 per year per organization (3 cycles in 2017).
  • Grants be awarded to direct service providers that work to amplify the voices of their constituencies but will not be awarded to applicants requesting funds for programs or direct services.
  • Both emerging and established efforts at all stages of work are encouraged to apply.

Competitive applicants will utilize a racial equity lens and pursue efforts that: research, develop and test new policy ideas, protect or implement effective policies, advance public education, debate and will, equip and position advocates and organizers, strengthen networks and alliances, or help policymakers understand how policies are working or when they need innovation.

Results

We expect efforts supported through Responsive Grants to pursue the result of policy shifts aligned with Deaconess Foundation’s policy priorities:

Early Childhood Education Justice and Equity
for Youth
Family Economic Mobility Comprehensive Health Care
All children of the St. Louis region should enjoy full access to quality child care and education from birth to pre-kindergarten. All children of the St. Louis region should receive  just treatment under the law. All families of the St. Louis region should achieve economic stability within one generation. All children of the St. Louis region should have universal access to comprehensive mental, physical and dental care.

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE 

Responsive Grants will be available on a quarterly basis with submission deadlines on June 1, July 31 and October 31, 2017. 

Download Responsive Grant Application (pdf)
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