Think Big for Kids Grant Guidelines

Think Big for Kids grants are designed to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofit organizations that serve children and youth in our community.

Funding Eligibility

  • The applicant is an IRC section 501(c)(3) public organization or has an IRC section 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • The application seeks funding for a project or organization serving children or youth within the 16-county metropolitan Saint Louis region.

Grant Requirements

  • The project is bold, innovative, or ambitious.
  • The project is transformative for either the applicant organization(s) or the community of children and youth.
  • The project is sustainable.
  • The project has long-term impact and short-term outputs.
  • The project is scalable for the community of children or delivers economies of scale to the applicant organization(s).

Additional Considerations

  • The expected range for awards is $25,000 plus.
  • We intend to fund proposals for one year; nevertheless, we will consider multi-year proposals.
  • The project may be unproven or seen as risky.
  • The grant is generally not intended to fund start-up organizations.
  • The grant is not intended to fund capacity building projects or new programs that are considered to be within the normal course of business of an organization.
  • Ideas for social enterprise proposals should generally be submitted through the SEIC competition at Washington University’s Skandalaris Center


  • August 31, 2016 – Deadline to submit letter of interest
  • October 24, 2016 – Invitations for application are announced
  • December 30, 2016 – Deadline to submit applications
  • Week of March 6, 2017 – Grant awards are announced

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