Grants

Creating Partnerships for Community Change

Our Approach

Creating Real Change

We approach funding from a philosophy rooted in our values of Incarnational Spirituality, Innovation, Empowerment, Stewardship, and Collaboration.

As a result, we are seeking out partners who are working on innovative, collaborative solutions that empower the community to address social issues at a systemic level.

We deeply value the work of our grantees and view each one as a partner toward enacting community change. If you are interested in becoming a partner, take a look at our grant opportunities.

General Operating Grant

The primary grant cycle is IWF’s General Grant cycle, open to proposals up to $10,000. These funds are to be used for General Operating support. We will not be evaluating applications on a project basis, but rather an overall organization basis. Consideration will be given to the St. Louis region including St. Louis City, St. Louis County and East St. Louis.

FEATURE 1
Goals

✓ Spark collaboration and relationships in the communities we serve

✓ Fund organizations that are serving or advocating for the most vulnerable in our city

FEATURE 2
Eligibility

✓ Must be a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization or use a fiscal agent.

✓ Connects to the values of the
Incarnate Word Foundation.

✓ Has strong relationships with other organizations in the community.

✓ Approaches work with innovation and strategic thinking.

Please note that our Foundation policy does not allow for overhead costs to colleges, universities, or other higher education institutions. We do not fund endowments.

Process
Process

The Foundation 2020 Grant Orientation information is available for you to review and download.

If you have any questions, please email rather than leave a voicemail. We are working remotely. Thank you for all your efforts in support of our community at this critical time.

Grant Partner Spotlight

We deeply value the work of our grantees and view each one as a partner toward enacting community change. If you are interested in becoming a partner, take a look at our grant opportunities.

A Vision for St. Louis

The Incarnate Word Foundation believes in a community where the poor and marginalized have the ability to attain quality of life. Through our grant making processes, IWF supports the work of organizations who also believe in this kind of community and are actively working to advance equity and well-being in St. Louis. As we work together to envision and bring forth this reality, we asked grant partners to talk to us about their vision for St. Louis and highlight ways they are working toward this vision.

How to Apply

Partner with Us


We are excited for the potential to work together to create change in our community. In order to apply, you will need to submit an application through our online Grant Database System below. When applying for any of our grants, you will need to have an account. If you have never applied for a grant with us you will need to create a new account.