FOR 2017 - 2018



September 1 - Letters of Interest are accepted online   

September 29 - Letters of Interest deadline 
(5:00 PM)


Third week - Organizations are notified regarding whether they are being asked to submit a full proposal


January 26 - Full Proposal deadline 
(5:00 PM)


Site Visits occur

MAY 2017

Second week - Grant Awards for 2017 are announced and organizations notified

May 23 - Annual Grant Spirit Awards Ceremony

Grants - Eligibility

The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund (SOS) has been formed to provide grants to charitable organizations operating within the St. Louis Standard Metropolitan Statistical area that provide services within the City and County of St. Louis.

Grants are not restricted in any fashion to issues dealing with women, but are made to organizations focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  • arts and culture
  • education
  • the environment
  • health
  • social services

Organizations must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million.

SOS does not generally provide grant money for operating support but may do so for specific costs associated with well-planned projects. Single-year grants are generally made for between $5,000 and $25,000.  

Grants are awarded based on a vote of the SOS membership after prospective grant recipients have successfully completed each step of the SOS's grant process. 

What SOS does not fund:

Organizations receiving SOS grants for 2 consecutive years must wait one year before applying for additional grant money.
Generally, SOS does not make grants for:
  • Major building/capital campaigns, although program specific capital requests may receive grants
  • Conferences or benefits
  • Individuals, for any purpose
  • Scholarships for a named individual, although scholarship funds may receive grants
  • Endowments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations not operating within the Greater St. Louis Community
  • Projects that promote religious or political doctrine
  • Research (medical or otherwise)
  • Operating deficits/retirement of existing debt

Next Steps:

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements you must Register your organization.

Once you are registered, you will receive a username and password via email so that you can login to the SOS website and follow the Letters of Inquiry Instructions to submit your Letter of Inquiry.

If you have any questions or need help with the Letter of Inquiry process, contact:
Amy Inman at