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
- the environment
- 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.
Multi-Year Grant Eligibility
In the 2016-17 granting cycle, SOS will be awarding one, renewable, multi-year grant for up to $33,333.33 a year for 3 years--totaling $100,000.00.
Organizations that apply for multi-year
- Be a previous SOS single-year grant recipient
- Demonstrate a history of successful programming
- Show collaboration with other agencies
- Exhibit strong leadership in board and organizational management
- Have a clear multi-year plan with a budget for all three years that includes the ability to monitor outcomes and impact
Organizations applying for a multi-year grant cannot apply for a SOS single-year grant in the same grant cycle.
Renewability will be based on an impact review process at 6 month intervals with an assigned SOS multi-year review team.
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
- 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
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 email@example.com.