Organization Eligibility

  • An organization that is, or is fiscally sponsored by, a 501c3 or City of St. Louis Governmental Entity
  • Provide services to St Louis City residents 60 years of age and older
  • Have demonstrated capacity to carry out program work funded by proposed grant
  • Have policies and procedures in place to manage finances and can provide documentation of past financials when requested (e.g., audited financial statements, IRS 990, other documentation)
  • Fit within the vision and priorities of the Senior Fund as stated in the request for proposals

Note: Specific funding opportunities may have additional eligibility requirements listed in the RFP.

Award Limitations

There are some things we do not fund–unless otherwise stated in a RFP–including:

  • Grant Awards to Individuals
  • Start-up Organizations
  • Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Travel that is Not Related to Delivery of Services
  • Conferences
  • Research
  • Special Events
  • Film or Video Projects
  • Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Land or Building Purchases
  • Additions, Renovations, or Repairs to Commercial Buildings

Current Funding Opportunities

There are no active funding opportunities at this time.

Past Funding Opportunities

Fund Defined Grants

Funding awarded to address needs of older St. Louis City residents in specific focus areas determined by the Senior Fund Board based on community needs assessments and other sources. Organizations can apply for multi-year grants up to $75,000 per year for the FY2022 funding round.

Letters of Intent for new FY2022 grants focused on Housing and/or Economic Security were due March 2021 and complete applications were due April 2021. Grant awards were approved by the Senior Fund’s board in May 2021; grants began July 1, 2021.

Applicant Defined Grants

Funding awarded to address an applicants’ determination of organization or community need that is consistent with the Senior Fund’s vision. This funding is allocated to support innovations in programs, emerging needs, and organizational capacity. Organizations can apply for one-year grants up to $75,000; past grant requests have ranged from $15,000 to the maximum award.

Applications for FY2021 Applicant Defined grants were accepted through October 13, 2020. Grant awards were approved by the Senior Fund’s board in November 2020; grants began January 1, 2021.

Senior and Community Center Grants

Funding awarded to support existing senior or community centers located within the City of St. Louis, that have defined geographic service areas, and currently provide programs and services for older adults. This funding is allocated to support capital or technology improvements and/or general operating support. Organizations can apply for one-year grants up to $25,000 for capital and technology improvements and up to $7,500 for general operating expenses.

Applications for FY2021 Senior and Community Center grants were accepted through October 13, 2020 and approved in January 2021; grants began February 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Emergency Needs Grants

Funding awarded to address any immediate needs that an organization may have to support older St. Louis City residents. We are defining immediate as needs that would be addressed within 1-6 months after receipt of funds. Support can be used for PPE or other supplies for staff or older City clients, technology needs directly tied to service delivery, or other staff support or direct aid to older clients. Organizations can apply for grants up to $10,000. Upon receipt of an application beginning September 15, award notifications will be sent within two to three weeks.

As of October 8, 2020, we are pausing acceptance of emergency grant requests to respond to the inquiries we have received to date. If you would like to be notified if we accept additional requests, send us an email at

Request for Proposals – FY2021 COVID-19 Emergency Needs Grants (rev 9.3.2020)