Funding Opportunities


Deaconess Foundation endeavors to strengthen the region’s capability to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth through collaborative engagement and investment with diverse partners to improve systems and sustain actions that have long-term impact on the health & well-being of children.


Deaconess Foundation invests in systemic change through community engagement, policy development, and advocacy efforts in four inter-related zones of work with the following desired impact:


Funding Opportunity Brief Description Proposal Deadlines Average Award Amount
Anchor Institution Grants 4-year operating support for high-impact organizations aligned with Deaconess policy priority areas

Phase I
June 1, 2017

$50,000 - $75,000 per year
Responsive Grants 1-2-year project support for policy development, advocacy, organizing efforts that pursue systemic change

Quarterly cycle
June 1, 2017
July 31, 2017
Oct. 31, 2017

Up to $15,000 per year
Leadership Grants Closed opportunity for former Deaconess Impact Partners to sustain capacity-building culture and advance child well-being policy July 14, 2017 Up to $10,000
Policy Campaign/ Collaborative Grants Project support for development of research or community campaigns to inform and animate public witness of Foundation on behalf of children Nov. 1, 2017 $100,000
Mission-Related Investment Below market-rate capital investments to expand community capital and advance Deaconess policy prioritie Sept. 18, 2017 TBD; pool of up to $1 million
Special Health Grants Honor heritage and mission of Deaconess Foundation and donors to support scholarships for radiology technician students, kidney dialysis equipment, rehabilitation services for children and nonprofit hospitals August 25, 2017 $50,000
Scholarship Grants Administered by The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and The St. Louis American Foundation to support Deaconess Nursing Scholarship Program for local students with demonstrated financial need

April 17, 2017

Determined by Scholarship Foundation



We welcome funding requests from organizations that engage in policy and advocacy. We support organizations engaged in public policy and advocacy by either providing general operating support or support for efforts such as policymaker education, nonpartisan research, analyses of broad social issues or technical assistance. We encourage funding applicants to describe the nature of advocacy activities in their grant applications, so that we may ensure compliance with federal tax laws.