Frequently Asked Questions

Are there deadlines for Proposals?

Yes. Deadlines for Proposals are 11:59pm February 1 and August 1 of every year. Only online applications will be accepted. Approved grant start dates are: May 1 and November 1.

What types of grants does DCFSL fund?

DCFSL funds programs/projects, capacity building and general operations. For further descriptions and eligibility information please see our What We Fund page.

Where do I access documents that are required to be uploaded to an online grant application?

When mentioned in the application, the name of any required document should have a link to that same document. If the link does not work, please notify the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis office at 314-733-6500.

Some sample documents may be found on our Resources page and in our DCFSL Users Guide FY2018.

What is the application review process?

A Board committee reviews all proposals and selects those proposals which will receive a full review by staff. Foundation staff will prepare summaries and make funding recommendations. The Board makes the final decision on funding recommendations. Board decisions on all proposals will be communicated by mail within two weeks following the Board of Trustees meeting, which are typically at the end of April and October. If funded, grant agreement and W-9 must be signed by the Executive Director or authorized representative of the approved agency and returned to the Foundation before a check can be issued.

How do I download, print or view my submitted grant application?

To view, copy and/or print your submitted grant application:

  1. Log on to the DCFSL Online Grant Management System:
  2. Click on "View Application"
  3. Click on the button "Application Packet" located at the top right-hand side of the page. A new tab will appear, asking if you want to open the application or save it:
                a) Open the application to view the questions and your answers.
                b) To print the application, click Open, then click File, then click Print.
                c) To save a copy of your application click Open, then click Save As, then                           choose where you want to store the application in your files.

Is a final report required?

DCFSL requires that an on-line final follow-up status report be received within one month following the grant period end date. For example, for grant awards ending April 30, the status report is due May 31. Grantees will receive a reminder email prior to the deadline. It is required for organizations to submit their annual status reports on time. DCFSL will not consider a new proposal from a previous grantee until the status report has been received and approved by the Foundation. A sample of the final follow-up status report can be found on our Status Report page.

Can I call the Foundation with any questions I have?

Foundation staff encourages potential applicants to call the Foundation office at 
(314) 733-6500 to discuss proposal ideas. Foundation staff can offer advice regarding the appropriateness of a project and the amount requested and discuss the information required in a full proposal. The Foundation is typically open weekdays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Do you award grants to individuals?

DCFSL cannot provide any funding to individuals. Grants are only awarded to organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Can we apply for more than one grant per cycle?

If you are eligible for a capacity building grant, then you can submit applications for a responsive and a capacity building grant, as long as the total requested does not exceed the Foundation's maximum allowable funding.

Does DCFSL make multi-year grants?

Generally, grant awards will be for one year only. The Foundation may consider three-year grants. Three year grants are given by invitation only and based on the following: funds available, the DCFSL Board of Directors' interest in a focus area, and grantee history with the Foundation including its proven effectiveness and ability to demonstrate impact. Tracking and reporting requirements will increase with each subsequent year of funding. Each year, the award amount will decrease to encourage the organization to seek other funding and increase the likelihood that the project will continue after Foundation funding period ends.

Is there a minimum/maximum amount for a grant request?

Responsive grants range between $5,000 and $50,000.

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