Step 1: Eligibility & Timelines
If your project aligns with one of the three focus areas described in What We Fund, and you wish to apply for a Responsive Grant, your first step is to review the material on this page. Be sure your organization and project meet the eligibility requirements and that you can work within the grant cycle timelines.
Grant awards are available for a 12-month period. Future grant applications will not be considered until the 12-month grant period is completed and the final status report has been received and approved by our staff.
Any applicant organization must:
Have 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit status.
Be located in the 16-county St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Be willing to avoid participating in, contributing to, or promoting activities contrary to Catholic Church Moral Teachings.
Follow DCFSL Outcome Indicators and Activities. Please see the DCFSL User's Guide for examples.
Grant Cycles and Timelines
The foundation has two grant cycles—Spring and Fall.
February 1 is the deadline for online submittal of an application. The grant period starts May 1 and ends on April 30 of the following year.
August 1 is the deadline for online submittal of an application. The grant period starts November 1 and ends on October 31 of the following year.