The Marketplace of Ideas is an annual, small neighborhood funding program. Since 2011 the Foundation has funded grassroots collaborations with an emphasis on community input.
Spur collaboration among community stakeholders
Uplift the community’s solutions to community problems
Provide publicity to the richness of community activity
Small, grassroots organizations working in Dutchtown or Gravois Park
Collaboration of 2 or more organizations
Must demonstrate community engagement
Must be a 501(c)3 or use a fiscal agent
Community judges choose five finalists
Finalists present at Showcase of Ideas
Community votes for three finalists to receive $10,000
All finalists present to local funders for chance to receive additional funds
Dig In! This project, led by Plenty STL, was conducted over the course of 8 weeks and took high school students from Dutchtown and Gravois Park on a series of food adventures designed to teach students about the food system and to promote a healthy, nutritious diet. Turn Up Your Talent - From Passion to Performance This collaborative project, led by Pianos for People, was a summer camp for youth in Gravois Park to learn various art forms from poetry to dance and find ways to express themselves through these mediums. Peacemaking in the Digital Commons Intersect STL offers a safe space for youth in the Gravois Park neighborhood to learn about nonviolence through blogging, photography, dance and more.