2021-2022 Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Pandemic Response
At the onset of the public health crisis, and not knowing the full impact of the public health orders, the CSF Board allocated $250,000 in emergency funding to 19 organizations to aid in their work during the pandemic serving children, youth, and families in St. Louis County.
In the fourth quarter of 2020, CSF conducted a series of surveys and information gathering strategies to identify new and ongoing unmet needs of youth and youth serving agencies in St. Louis County. An analysis and summary of the data was presented to CSF's Board at the January 2021 board meeting. In order to support the ongoing needs of children, youth, and their families through the pandemic, the CSF Board approved an additional $1 M in emergency funding. The emergency funding will be available to local 501(c)3 organizations and governmental entities regardless of current affiliations with CSF.
Eligible agencies may only submit one Letter of Intent and application for funding. The maximum award per agency is $250,000. Executed contracts will run through December 31, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested agencies are invited to submit a Letter of Intent beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, detailing their intention to apply for emergency funding. The window to submit a Letter of Intent will close on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
The letters of intent will be reviewed, and based on content of the Letter of Intent, agencies will be invited to apply for Emergency Funding. Agencies who are invited to apply will be contacted no later than Friday, February 26, 2021, to complete the full application for funding. The deadline for submitting the full application is Friday, March 19, 2021. Funding decisions will be communicated April 2021.
Letters of Intent and applications must be submitted through the SurveyMonkey Apply site. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
If this is your agency's first time using SurveyMonkey Apply to apply for a grant from CSF, please review the guidance on registering your agency for an organizational account. Additionally, CSF has developed a helpful document with screenshots and step-by-step instructions from navigating the site. Please read both of these documents before attempting to open and begin the Letter of Intent.
View a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
501(c)(3) not-for-profit agencies and governmental entities (including public school districts) who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Be in Good Standing with the State of Missouri1
- File all required and applicable federal tax returns1
- Require background checks, including child abuse and neglect screenings, by the Family Care Safety Registry or another screening approved by CSF, conducted annually on all employees and volunteers providing direct services to children and youth
- Maintain a policy of nondiscrimination against any employee or applicant for employment or services because of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, age, marital status, or disability (St. Louis County Ordinance 202.270)
- Require employees and volunteers maintain confidentiality of protected client information
- Conduct an annual independent financial audit2
Required supporting documentation for each stage is listed here.
Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be produced and shared on this site beginning the week of February 8, 2021.
1 Not applicable to governmental entities
2 Not applicable to agencies with annual budgets below $1M in the last three years of operation OR if the agency was incorporated within the last 18 months