CSF 2021-2023 Grassroots Funding Opportunity
The application period for CSF's Grassroots Fund is now closed. The next funding application for CSF's Grassroots Fund will open in Spring 2023.
2021-2023 Grassroots Funding Resources
FOR CURRENTLY FUNDED GRASSROOTS AGENCIES: Every Wednesday and Friday morning in April and May, the CSF Data Team will host online office hours from 9am - 10am. This is an open opportunity to come and ask questions or work through challenges with the 6mo. Impact Report (due May 27). No registration or prior scheduling is necessary. Just jump on the Zoom link below during the bi-weekly office hours and Clem and Meghan will be there. If you have questions or would like to schedule an alternative time to meet with the Data Team, please email CSFData@stlouiscountymo.gov.
Please visit the resources linked below to find more information on contract requirements, policies, and reporting proceducres. If you have any questions, please contact your assigned CSF Program Officer for assistance.
4. Sample SurveyMonkey Apply (SMApply) Reporting Forms:
5. Expense Reporting Examples from the Agency Orientation
7. Residency and Eligibility Reimbursement Policy (updated 08.24.22)
9. Grassroots Fund award announcement - press release
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12. Site Change Request Forms: If your agency wants to change sites where the program will provide school-based services or community/office-based services, please complete the corresponding form and email the completed form to your assigned CSF Program Officer.
13. CSF Expense Form Refresher Videos
SurveyMonkey Apply User Resources
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Congratulations to the 2021-2023 Grassroots Partner Agencies!
A Red Circle
Barak Christian Church
Bread and Roses Missouri
Bridging Families to Communities & Beyond
KHAOS Inc. (Keep Healing and Overcoming Struggles)
Chinese Service Center in St. Louis
Good Journey Development Foundation
Man of Valor, Inc.
Music That Reclaims
Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation
Save Our Youth
The Collective STL
The Community Reach
The Oxygen Project
The SoulFisher Ministries
Vitendo 4 Africa
About CSF's 2021-2023 Grassroots Fund
St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) will further its mission by continuing to support programs that broaden the systems of care in the region. CSF’s strategic plan calls for the organization to ground its work in equity. Long-standing systemic disparities have disproportionately impacted African-American, immigrant, and other minority communities, and the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored and further exacerbated these inequities. In addition to the pandemic, racial tensions in the region and across the nation have led to additional stress on children and families.
CSF’s Grassroots Fund will help lift up community-identified priorities and needs, and will strengthen the capacity of grassroots nonprofit organizations in these communities. The CSF Board invested $1 million in programs that have not previously received CSF Core funding, to support locally-led agencies and their leaders in historically underserved communities. CSF recognizes these agencies are comprised of trusted community leaders, have valuable perspectives and ideas, have built incredible community trust, and provide impactful services.
For the purposes of this funding opportunity, “grassroots” refers to an agency that has one or more of the following attributes:
- Mission and values align with the community it serves
- Community based that aligns geographically with the community it serves
- Leadership and staff largely reflect the community it serves
- Priority on organizations with budgets of $1 million or below
- Community based approaches to intervene in localized issues or problems
Starting in 2005 and continuing over the next couple of years, many communities across Missouri experienced reduced funding in mental health and substance use treatment services for children and youth due to budget cuts at the state and federal level. Recognizing the needs of children and families in St. Louis County, a coalition of committed local nonprofit agencies and community supporters decided to address the growing problem.
An independent needs assessment was commissioned which provided the data St. Louis County voters needed to support the initiative. Using Missouri State Statutes RSMo 67.1775 and 210.861, which allowed local communities to create a community children’s service fund for ten specific behavioral health service areas through a referendum, the St. Louis County Putting Kids First Campaign was launched in 2008. Putting Kids First, also known as Proposition 1, passed on November 4, 2008, with a resounding 62 percent of St. Louis County voters’ approval.
Today, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is the largest children’s service fund in the state of Missouri, generating approximately $42 million annually through a quarter cent sales tax.
Since the first allocation in 2010, CSF has invested $400 million in local nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide behavioral health services for children and youth in the county. Through collaboration and partnership, CSF ensures children and youth have the support and resources they need to achieve their potential.
Please email Jacob Siedle (JSiedle@stlouiscountymo.gov) with any questions.