The Bellwether Foundation invites qualified organizations to submit a Preliminary Grant Application for review. The Bellwether Foundation will consider one application per organization per grant cycle. For example, two projects from two different departments of an organization will not be considered during the same year.

The Bellwether Foundation has created a two-step application process. Once the Preliminary Grant Application is completed and submitted online, The Bellwether Foundation will review the application and make a determination as to whether they see a potential grant opportunity. You will be contacted shortly after a decision is made concerning your Preliminary Grant Application. The Bellwether Foundation will request more information in a Detailed Grant Application or send you an email declining your application for the current year.

** New in 2023** The Bellwether Foundation will consider one-year requests for a grant amount of $10,000 or less as STL Promise Grants. Instead of a two-step application process, these grants will be considered complete after the STL Promise Grant Application is completed and submitted online. There will not be an additional Detailed Grant Application.

Primary consideration for grants will be given to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations within the St. Louis community in Missouri.

Areas of current funding interest include:

  • Education

  • Conservation

  • St. Louis Civic Institutions

Here is additional information about The Bellwether Foundation grant cycle..

The Bellwether Foundation 2023 grant cycle is currently open. Preliminary Grant Applications, including STL Promise Grant Applications, will be accepted through Friday, May 5, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

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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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