Funding Priorities 

  1. Education
    • Focus on early childhood through post-secondary education
    • Target students in under-served, under-resourced school districts.
  2. Conservation
  3. Louis Civic Institutions

Geographic Area   St. Louis Region

Timing   2023 grants will be for funding needed in 2024.

Grant Cycle:   Bellwether has one open grant cycle per year.  The Foundation will consider one application per organization per grant cycle.

Types of Grants

Grant categories include:  Program, Operating, Capital and Endowment.

Bellwether favors established programs that have quantifiable, measurable results or expansions of programs with a demonstrated impact.   We encourage inquiries regarding appropriate grant requests (314) 862-1150.

  • Program Grants preferred.
  • The Foundation suggests that any organization seeking Capital or Endowment support, send an email to Lynn Freedman at to discuss its proposal in advance.
  • Bellwether will consider Multi-Year grants (grant payments over two or three years) for prior grant recipients.
  • Bellwether does not fund: field trips, travel, conferences, requests from individuals, housing, or medical research.

Grant Award   Grant Requests for one year of funding of $10,000 or less will qualify for a STL Promise Grant (an abridged application process).  Typical Program or Operating grants range up to $25,000.

Typical Grant Calendar

Mid-March/April:  Preliminary Application open grant cycle

April - June:  Decisions issued by email, on a rolling basis.  Select applicants will receive an invitation to complete a Detailed Application.

End of July:  Detailed Application Deadline

August - October:  Review of Detailed Applications. Possible Request for Additional Information or Site Visit.

End of December:  Grant Decisions

December and following calendar year:  Grants Awarded

Outcome Reports  In the fall following a grant award, Bellwether will send a brief Outcome Report to complete.   For example, for 2023 grant awards, an Outcome Report will be requested in fall 2024. The Outcome Report requests information on how an organization met the Measures of Success listed in its applications.

Our Mission

The mission of The Bellwether Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all people in St. Louis by supporting innovative programs that make a positive impact for present and future generations.  Our founders wanted to promote their ideals and aspirations for a better St. Louis region through The Bellwether Foundation, an idea we embrace today.


The Bellwether Foundation
8000 Maryland Ave
Suite 1165
Saint Louis, MO 63105

meetings by appointment only

Telephone: (314) 862-1150

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