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 2018

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

May 23 - Annual Grant Spirit Awards Ceremony

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Grants Eligibility Guidelines

The Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund (SOS) strengthens the Greater St. Louis community through informed, focused grant-making by educating and inspiring women to engage in significant giving. 

Focus Areas: 

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

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social Services

Single-year grants of $5,000 - $25,000 are generally awarded to nonprofit organizations. Preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million. Organizations must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations receiving SOS grants for two consecutive years must wait one year before applying for additional grant money. 

SOS does not generally provide grant money for operating support but may do so for specific costs associated with well-planned projects. 

What SOS does not fund:

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

SOS Has A Four-Phase Grant Application Process:

1. Submit Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

2. Submit Full Grant Application if SOS requests a full proposal (SOS accepts Full Grant Applications BY INVITATION ONLY).

3. Meet with SOS members during a site visit.

4. If selected for an SOS grant, attend the Annual Grant Spirit Awards Ceremony in late May each year. 

Next Steps:

If the SOS interest areas and funding preferences are compatible with the needs of your nonprofit organization, you are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Letters of Inquiry will be accepted September 1, 2017 - September 29, 2017 to the current grant cycle.

To submit a Letter of Inquiry for the first time, you must Register Your Organization. Once approved (within a week) you will receive an email with a username and password which will enable you to login your organization and upload your Letter of Inquiry. If your organization has registered in the past, you only need to login, however, please UPDATE your "Organizational Details" information by selecting "Modify Account" to reflect new project information.

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 our Grant Committee: