Community Capacity Building

The Community Capacity Building Initiative is the deliberate coordination of work and resources designed to create, strengthen, and expand the region’s capability to achieve and sustain effective action that brings about better outcomes for children and youth. It includes a series of strategic grant-making intended to make children’s well-being a civic priority for the St. Louis region. Through the Initiative, Deaconess Foundation seeks to:

  • Mobilize and earn trust with diverse constituencies through community engagement around the plight of children’s well-being;

  • Expand community knowledge by resourcing and informing translation of research in areas of child well-being through policy development;

  • Leverage our faith heritage, the community, and the region’s capacity building expertise through advocacy, and;

  • Focus mission-related monetary distribution through financial investment in endeavors that will improve the well-being of our children. 

Many of your organizations work to improve the educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being of our youth. Deaconess Foundation’s aim is to help increase your capacity to serve and give the families you promote a stronger and more unified voice. The 2015 grant cycle includes broader opportunities for community capacity building through collective engagement. In addition to the awarding of advocacy grants, there are funding streams aimed at building or strengthening collective impact network capacity within the region, as well as support for youth as they organize to dismantle systemic inequalities in the region.  

Learn more about Non-Profit Organization Advocacy Grants »

Learn more about Collective Impact Network Capacity Grants »

Learn more about Youth Organizing Support »


2016 Grantees

Arch City Defenders 

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter 

Beyond Housing

City Garden Montessori School

Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. CAASTL

Community Council of St. Charles County

Community Organizing and Family Issues

East Side Aligned

Epworth Children & Family Services

Fathers' Support Center St. Louis

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.

Let's Start, Inc.

Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis

Missouri Budget Project

Missouri Children's Leadership Council

Missouri GSA Network

Missouri Health Care for All

Missouri Jobs with Justice

Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collective (MOVE)

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis 

St. Louis Graduates 

STL Youth Jobs 

Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership

United Congregations of Metro-East 

Vision for Children at Risk

Wyman Center, Inc.