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.
SOS is committed to equity, diversity, collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability because all people deserve to live full and abundant lives free of prejudice, discrimination and oppression. We will prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in our philanthropy.
DIVERSITY means full participation of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender orientation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability, citizenship status, language, religion, geographic location, and national origin, among other identities.
EQUITY recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equitable outcome.
INCLUSION creates a culture and environment for diverse individuals to bring their authentic and full selves. Inclusion results when underrepresented people are seen as fully belonging in a community.
Grants are not restricted to issues dealing exclusively with women, but are made to organizations focusing on at least one of the following areas:
Single-year grants of $5,000 – $25,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations in the Greater St. Louis community. Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications for general operating support, project/program support and capacity building support. Capacity building strengthens the development of an organization’s core skills and capabilities, such as leadership, management, finance/fund-raising, programs, and evaluation, in order to build the organization’s effectiveness and sustainability.
In the 2022-2023 granting cycle, SOS will be investing in one, renewable, three year accelerator grant for $33,333
a year, totaling $100,000. The application can be for a specific project or for general operating support.
Organizations that apply for multi-year grants must:
Organizations that have received single-year SOS grants for the past two consecutive years CAN apply for a
multi-year grant. However, organizations applying for a multi-year grant CANNOT apply for an SOS single-year grant in the same grant cycle.
To be considered for SOS grant funding, organizations MUST:
Organizations receiving SOS grants for two consecutive years or receiving a multi-year grant must wait one year before applying for additional grant money.
Letters of Inquiry are evaluated by SOS membership to determine whether the organization’s mission and proposed project fit within SOS eligibility guidelines. Other factors evaluated include the proposed project’s feasibility, as well as the organization’s ability to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain the project.
SOS does not award grants for:
Go to Letters of Inquiry Instructions at Letters of Inquiry – Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (spiritstlwomensfund.org) for more information.
If you have any questions or need help with the Letter of Inquiry process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org