Our Strategy

In pursuit of our vision and in light of gaps in community capacity, Deaconess pursues a focused, power-building strategy to advance child well-being through racial equity and public policy.


Deaconess supports 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. We expect efforts supported through these grants to pursue the result of policy shifts aligned with Deaconess Foundation’s policy priorities: Health Care, Economic Mobility, Justice & Equity, and Early Childhood Education. 

Learn more about our policy priorities.

Health Care
All children of the St. Louis region should have universal access to comprehensive mental, physical and dental care, supported by a trauma informed care approach, a network of school-based health centers and the benefits of Medicaid expansion.
Economic Mobility
Families in the St. Louis region should be able to achieve economic stability within one generation in an environment marked by fair chance employment practices, family-supporting wages and asset-building supports.
Justice and Equity
All children of the St. Louis region should receive just treatment under the law, with specific emphasis on contact with the state’s systems for juvenile justice and foster and adoptive care.

Early Childhood Education

All children of the St. Louis region should enjoy full access to quality early childhood care and education from birth to Pre-Kindergarten.
Applications for 2022 are now closed. Funding opportunities for 2023 will be announced soon, including our Policy Campaign Grant which opens at the end of January.

For available grant opportunities, please visit our Apply for Funding page.