Grant History

Deaconess Foundation invests in, and engages our region around the well-being of children, and advocates for change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested $80 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998 and believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit the entire region. The Foundation’s footprint includes St. Louis, and St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, and Franklin counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties in Illinois.

Deaconess investments have included:


From 2004 to 2016, the Deaconess Impact Partnership strengthened the operations and leadership of child and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis region. Focused on organizational capacity building, support was designed to help each organization better achieve its mission and improve outcomes for low-income children and families in St. Louis. The Foundation invested over $20 million in more than 20 agencies, known as Impact Partners. Click here for the award history.


From 2014-2016 Deaconess Foundation invested $1,900,000 in the Community Capacity Building Initiative, the deliberate coordination of work and resources designed to create, strengthen, and expand the region’s capability to achieve and sustain effective action that brings about better outcomes for children and youth. Deaconess funded non-profit advocacy for children, collective impact efforts and community mobilization with 96 organizations. The Initiative also included a series of strategic grant-making intended to make children’s well-being a civic priority for the St. Louis region. The program was discontinued at the end of 2016.


Discontinued in December 2016, this program awarded small grants up to $5,000 for programs benefiting child well-being. 


Historically, Deaconess invited United Church of Christ congregations to submit grant requests for funding of projects related to youth, community health or capacity building. The most recent rounds focused on literacy, a priority area for the national United Church of Christ. For a list of awards click here. This program has transitioned to support of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools in partnership with local UCC congregations.