2016 Grant Cycle


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Deaconess Announces 2016 Grant Cycle

Foundation continues commitment to social justice


February 11, 2016 –Deaconess Foundation will be accepting applications for funding through its annual grant cycle beginning on February 22nd. The Foundation is seeking requests within the funding streams of Collective Impact Network Capacity, Nonprofit Organization Advocacy, and Youth Organizing. Deaconess seeks to maximize the effectiveness of its giving and generate the greatest impact by supporting underserved communities and social change efforts including advocacy, community organizing and public policy strategies. Deaconess invests in endeavors that improve the well-being of children, engages the region around the plight of children’s well-being and advocates for change. Funded partners include non-profit organizations, collective impact initiatives and community mobilization efforts that advocate for children.

“Deaconess is pleased to support the work of advocates and youth organizers pursuing child well-being in the region,” said Rev. Starsky Wilson, Deaconess Foundation president and CEO. “Achieving equitable outcomes for children and youth must become a civic priority. This will require building public will and collective action.”

Deaconess will award collective impact grants to applicants seeking funding to build the capacity of collaborative networks focused on improving outcomes for children and youth. Projects considered for nonprofit advocacy grants must pursue improved policy, which could result in positive outcomes for vulnerable children. Past successful applicants have trained youth to advocate on their own behalf to regional and state policymakers; mobilized concerned citizens around improved healthcare outcomes for children; and used the legal system to help curb child homelessness. Successful Youth Organizing applicants organize youth to take collective action on their own behalf. Strong applications will prioritize regional impact on child well-being and/or utilize a collective impact approach to improve the lives of children.  

The grant cycle is now open and closes Friday, April 1, 2016.  For those seeking grants, the Foundation offers three optional information sessions.   February 23 (9:30-11:30, 2:00-4:00) and February 25 (2:00-4:00) at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center at 3113 Gasconade St., St. Louis, MO 63118. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, February 19 at event@deaconess.org. In addition, Deaconess will host a Q&A live chat on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, March 9th from 11:30-12:30 p.m. CST.  For more information, contact Dr. Brandon Haynes, director of community engagement, at BrandonH@deaconess.org.

Deaconess, established in 1889, is celebrating over 125 years of service to the St. Louis area and continues its mission — pursuing health and hope for all St. Louis children. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $75 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit the entire region. Deaconess Foundation invests in endeavors that improve the well-being of children, engages our region around the plight of youth, and advocates for change. For more information about Deaconess Foundation or its funding opportunities, visit www.deaconess.org. Connect with Deaconess on Twitter @DeaconessFound and Facebook.