2018 Grants



Christian Volunteerism Funding Focus Area
Community Hope Center
To improve the management of the volunteers which provide critical basic needs and support services with a Volunteer Manager.

$27,000

To expand the recruitment and management of 430+ volunteers through a Volunteer Coordinator.

$41,000

Humanitri
To enhance 25 volunteers’ experiences through best practices in recruitment and management by adding a Volunteer Coordinator position.

$44,000

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
To facilitate the efficient and effective management of volunteers through the purchase and implementation of Volunteer Hub, a software application.

$31,000

Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers
To improve volunteer management practices by hiring a part time Volunteer Coordinator to recruit additional volunteers and strengthen relationships with area churches.

$28,000

To positively impact the lives of hurting people by encouraging and supporting Christian volunteerism and social service outreach in congregations and the community.

$294,000



Congregation Social Service Outreach Ministry Funding Focus Area
To increase the financial self-sufficiency of 16 low-income households by providing one-on-one financial coaching.

$8,000

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
To bring weekly afterschool/evening and summer youth programming to the Ferguson, Jennings, and Baden community.

$330,000

Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
To provide stability and leadership in the fitness center by hiring an Interim Program Director offering strategic planning, resource development, program expertise, planning, and administrative support during this time of leadership transition.

$33,000

To support the outreach efforts of All Nations Church and the students of University City School District with 200 turkey blessing meals.

$5,000

To increase support to 21 family caregivers of individuals with serious mental illness by providing low-cost, Christian counseling, faith-based support groups, and skills based training.

$14,000

Epiphany Lutheran Church
To support a spectrum of ministry programs working in partnership with Woerner Elementary School and other Lutheran churches including English as a Second Language tutoring, Holly Hills Summerfest, parent education, and a weeklong youth group.

$21,000

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church - St. Louis
To purchase three electronic defibrillators and train 30 members on their use to provide first aid in the event of cardiac arrest at a congregation outreach event.

$5,000

Immanuel Lutheran Chapel

To engage the community through outdoor worship and event to celebrate their 60th anniversary and increase knowledge of their ministries and services.

$1,380

To strengthen the social and community connections and self-sufficiency of older Chinese immigrants by providing partial salaries for the part-time Center Director and consultant for the Light of Christ-St. Louis Community Service Center.

$20,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School (St. Charles)
To provide education, resources, and support by hosting a community event "Facing Cancer with Faith, Hope, and Joy."

$5,000

New Beginnings Lutheran Church (Pacific)
To provide community engagement and education opportunities through the Heartland Values and Leadership Series.

$5,000

To serve marginalized Spanish-speaking immigrants through acts of pastoral service, advocacy, social services, weekly Bible lessons, and community gatherings led by a Director of Hispanic Ministry.

$15,000

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
To partner with Criminal Justice Ministry and ArchCity Defenders to reduce barriers for 833 ex-offenders to reintegrate into the community by receiving state idenfitication and/or birth certificates.

$23,000

St. John Church (Ellisville)
To improve the lives of 30 community members seeking assistance from St. John who can be supported by Christ in Action team members and a part-time Social Worker.

$15,500

St. John's Lutheran Church & School (Arnold)
To continue to expand the Care Connections ministry by developing collaborative partnerships, creating opportunities to invite congregational volunteers into the lives of those being served, and strengthening service offerings.

$138,000

St. Lucas Lutheran Church
To provide 40 families with quality Christian early childhood education through start up funding for some modest building modifications, equipment purchases, and a Program Director to oversee the center.

$75,000

St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School (St. Louis City)
To reduce isolation in older adults and hunger in community residents through a weekly senior center program and weekly meal.

$10,000

St. Paul's Lutheran Church - College Hill
To outreach to the College Hill neighborhood through a family friendly music and community event.

$1,500

To create a "third space" for the community by transforming the church basement into a coffee shop, Higher Groundz.

$75,000



Ex-offender and Family Services Funding Focus Area
Anthropedia
To improve the wellbeing of 60 men who are incarcerated with individual and group coaching using the curriculum “Know Yourself.”

$45,000

To support the successful reentry of ex-offenders by providing free legal services that resolve barriers to employment, family reunification, and self-sufficiency.

$60,000

To build resiliency skills and strengthen the relationships of 520 youth with an incarcerated parent by matching them with a Big Brother/Big Sister.

$19,000

To help 30 female ex-offenders improve their long-term success by providing after-program transitional support that includes family reunification, budgeting and employment assistance with ongoing case management.

$18,000

To strengthen core programs and ensure the ongoing quality of services provided by hiring a Director of Programs who will develop organizational program strategy, oversee effective management of programs, and monitor client outcomes.

$92,000

Clark-Fox Family Foundation
To educate 3,000 community members through presentations led by individuals formerly involved in the criminal justice system on the human cost of mass incarceration.

$30,000

To strengthen the agency's long-term sustainability by continued support of the department which is focused on community relations, fundraising, capacity building, collaboration, and community inititives.

$38,000

To assist with the downpayment on the purchase of two 10 unit apartment buildings which will be used to house 10 CJM clients and 10 non-CJM clients.

$60,000

Dream Center of Alton, NFP
To provide 80 ex-offenders with basic needs, discipleship, life skill classes, job training, and job referral and placements upon release from jail/prison.

$30,000

To reduce recidivism rates in 85 ex-offenders through career training, job development, and case management, as well as placement, retention, and supportive services.

$26,000

Fathers' Support Center, St. Louis
To support the successful reentry of 40 ex-offenders impacted by trauma by providing supplemental mental health services for participants in the Training to Work and Family Formation programs.

$45,000

FUSE Corps
To support an Executive Fellow in the St. Louis City Mayor's Office to create a St. Louis Reentry Coordinating Council.

$10,000

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
To preserve the mother-daughter relationship of incarcerated parents, reduce the trauma of separation, and minimize girls' at-risk behavior through Girl Scouting and provide opportunities for 35+ girls to share positive experiences with their incarcerated mothers.

$15,000

To provide Pastoral counseling, Holy Communion, weekly Bible studies, and adult baptisms to the 3,300+ inmates in the St. Louis County Justice Center.

$80,000

To improve the employment readiness and success of reentry for 25 female ex-offenders and their children with start-up funding for a new home in Lincoln County with services such as, counseling, parenting classes, employment, basic needs, child care, and life skills training.

$48,000

To increase the employment readiness and develop the leadership skills of 100 male ex-offenders by providing Biblically based character and leadership development, pre-employment training, mentoring, and ongoing support to retain employment.

$40,000

To allow a speaker from Beyond Jobs to present at the November General Meeting.

$500

To support the successful reentry of 40 ex-offenders as they graduate from the St. Louis County Justice Center by providing comprehensive wrap-around and substance abuse treatment services.

$25,000

To improve the mental and physical health and continuity of care for 900 Missouri ex-offenders released to the St. Louis area by providing 90 days of prescription medication upon release from prison, until a medical home can be established.

$50,000

Tri-County Advisory Board to Probation and Parole

To enhance opportunities for 35 ex-offenders on probation/parole to remain in society by providing financial assistance to address barriers to success.

$3,000



Supporting Foreign-Born Populations Funding Focus Area
Bread & Roses Missouri
To expand art education to 110 immigrant and refugee youth through summer workshops on topics of economic and social justice within churches and community organizations.

$10,000

Epworth Children & Family Services, Inc.
To support 11 non-English speaking families and children at risk for child abuse/neglect by expanding access to translation services to work with a family therapist.

$17,000

Faith That Works
To provide 30 East African women with sewing training, professional development, and employment opportunities through the Nala project.

$28,000

Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program
To improve the language proficiency, life skills, and self-sufficiency of 400 foreign-born individuals by providing in-home English language education and life skills training.

$20,000

Kingdom House
To strengthen the financial standing and capabilities of 80 immigrant clients through coaching, education, matched savings accounts, and microloans.

$50,000

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
To provide legal services to 50 immigrant families with representation for naturalization and visa applications.

$36,000

Migrant & Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA)
To improve the self-sufficiency and integration of 130 foreign-born individuals by providing legal representation and to offer additional legal workshops and clinics with increased administrative capacity.

$55,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)
To help the organization strengthen its capacity to serve as a regional leader in organizing and advocating for the rights of all immigrants.

$34,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)
To strengthen the collaboration and coordination of the Immigrant Service Provider Network (ISPN) by recruiting new participants and service providers, curating resources, hosting educational programs, and convening providers.

$20,000

Puentes de Esperanza - Bridges of Hope
To connect 240 immigrant families to services through a Welcome Center, which is a one stop shop initiative providing intake and assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and educational opportunities.

$62,000

Revival School of St. Louis
To enable leaders and collaborative partners of Revival School programming planning and administrative assistance.

$10,000

Revival School of St. Louis
To enable 30 students to identify their God-given gifts and enjoy creative opportunities to develop those gifts through music lessons, arts enrichment, and discipleship.

$21,000

SouthSide Early Childhood Center
To support 20 immigrant parents with one-on-one coaching and weekly case management to increase positive interactions with their children that support healthy child development.

$50,000

St. Francis Community Services
To support immigrants and refugees by providing adult bilingual counseling, transportation, and legal services.

$134,500

St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America
To educate and help churches respond to refugees and immigrants in their community by assisting in discernment, equipping through training, and providing opportunities for engagement.

$22,500

St. Louis University
To improve immigrant and refugee health through family health screenings; a summer academy focused on health care professions and basic health literacy; and education workshops.

$21,000



Lutheran Education Funding Focus Area
Christian Friends of New Americans
To allow 27 children of New Americans attend an area Lutheran elementary or high school by providing scholarship and tutoring assistance, as well as supportive services for their families.

$54,600

Eagle College Prep Endeavor
To address the mental health needs of 115 students at EAGLE Prep Gravois Park with a part time school-based Counselor providing crisis intervention, individual counseling, group presentations, and consultations/referrals.

$29,000

Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)
To more effectively serve 9,000 area Lutheran school students by offering continuous educational improvement programs and resources through curriculum development, administrator and teacher professional development, marketing and student services.

$67,000

Lutheran High School Association
To open a new middle school to be co-located with Lutheran North High School serving grades 6-8 for at least 70 students in North St. Louis City and County.

$125,000

STEM2U Youth Programs
To provide innovative and enhanced learning opportunities to 48 students at Lutheran High St. Charles through "Project Lead the Way" with pre-engineering classes, a mobile computer lab, professional development, and matching grants to help replicate the program to three other area high schools.

$109,000

St. John Church (Ellisville)
To create a flexible and highly customized experience for 30 students by transforming classrooms and teaching styles to a Project-Based Learning Environment.

$108,000

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
To provide 159 students with a quality Lutheran education by providing scholarships to low-income children residing in the City of St. Louis.

$40,000



Older Adults Independence Funding Focus Area
ALS Association - St. Louis Regional Chapter
To build skills and strengthen strategies to better define measureable success and impact of services for clients through participation in a consultant led program Operation Outcomes.

$1,500

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
To enable 35 older adults to remain in their home with ongoing case management.

$50,000

Caritas Family Solutions
To increase the ability of 77 low-income older adults to obtain and retain employment in area nonprofits and public agencies by providing support services, training, and evaluation incentives.

$34,000

Collinsville Faith In Action
To reduce the social isolation of 160 older adults by providing transportation assistance, social gatherings, home visits, information and referral assistance, and respite care for families.

$20,000

Davis Tax Foundation
To accurately prepare 800 federal and state taxes for low to moderate income families to save on fees, gain financial knowledge and receive refunds.

$5,000

Emmaus Homes

To provide intentional spiritual care case management (via a Chaplain) to 85 older adults with developmental disabilities.

$29,000

MindsEye Radio
To decrease isolation and depression in older adults who have lost their eyesight through audio broadcasts of local and national news, entertainment, and faith-based materials.

$30,000



Other Grants

Bring Me A Book St. Louis
To provide book bus bookmobile services and book box home library program to 127 Eagle Prep-Gravois Park students.

$5,000

Gateway Center for Giving
To provide annual support for 2018.

$14,000

LOVEtheLOU
To plan and implement a community development initiative STL LIVE in partnership with area churches and volunteers to transform a neighborhood, one block, one house at a time and provide stability, leadership, and local champions.

$30,000

Lutheran Development Group
To provide affordable housing and support for low income residents of South St. Louis City by hiring a Community Coordinator and Property Management Specialist.

$159,000

Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
To celebrate the shared history of Lutheran Hospital and the 150th anniversary of LFCS.

$50,000

Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
To purchase two tables for the Promise Ball.

$4,000

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
To provide $85 subsidy to Global Leadership Summit attendees from area non-profits and churches.

$1,445

Lutheran Hour Ministries
To support volunteer management and congregation social service outreach community training efforts.

$5,000

Lutheran Senior Services
To celebrate the shared history of Lutheran Hospital and the 160th anniversary of LSS.

$60,000

Lutheran Senior Services
To purchase two tables at the LSS Anniversary Celebration.

$3,200

Lutheran Services in America
To provide annual support for 2018.

$2,500

Network for Strong Communities
To create a new program offering which will enable nonprofits, especially smaller and faith based organizations, to access customized planning and consulting services through a cost-effective cohort model.

$20,000

R3 Development NFP
To prepare 18 low-income youth for economic independence through Christ-centered vocational training, mentoring, volunteer service, leadership development, and discipleship.

$40,000

Siebert Lutheran Foundation
To hire a consultant to support work of the Network.

$2,500

St. Louis Community Foundation

To support the ongoing evaluation of a youth employment initiative, to assess impact on the employment status and educational outcomes of youth participants of STL Youth Jobs.

$10,000

We Raise Foundation

To thank We Raise Foundation for use of their conference room.

$200



Grand Total

91 Grants

$3,699,825