Application Process

The application process consists of two steps. The applicant should first submit a letter of inquiry, regardless of whether the applicant is a prior grantee. The letter can be submitted directly from this web site and should be limited to 1-2 pages. The inquiry should contain a brief introduction of the applicant and a clear description of the applicant’s funding needs. The description should include a specific request to the foundation, taking into account other possible sources of funding. The applicant must provide enough information for us to determine whether or not the request falls within the foundation’s program areas. Proposals submitted without an initial letter of inquiry will not be reviewed by the foundation.

Typically an inquiry will be assessed by the director responsible for the corresponding general area of foundation support. Those requests that seem unlikely to result in a proposal the foundation can support, will be declined. The director may request further information if a decision cannot be made based on the initial letter of inquiry. Applications that show promise will result in an invitation to submit a formal proposal.  We make every effort to reply to applications in a reasonable time but failing that, please feel free to make a follow-up inquiry.

Applicants receiving a favorable response should submit five copies of the proposal. Only one copy of required attachments need be submitted.

The proposal should be signed by the organization's board chair or the executive director (or equivalent individuals).


The foundation is organized to benefit Missouri organizations and affiliates which are organized and operated for charitable purposes within Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation does not consider grants for individuals, scholarship funds or sectarian religious activities. Generally the foundation will not consider requests for fundraising drives or general operating funds. It will not make grants intended to directly or indirectly support political candidates or  influence legislation.

Letters of Inquiry

Grants must be approved by the board of directors, which meets semi-annually for this purpose. Please provide provide proof that you are a 5013c.


Grantees will normally be required to submit reports at least annually including self-evaluation of the project or program effectiveness.