Think Big for Kids

The Think Big for Kids Fund provides grants designed to stimulate innovative thinking and fund big ideas from nonprofits that serve children and youth in our community.


Think Big for Kids seeks to fund proposals that are bold, innovative or ambitious and that are transformative for the community of children and youth.

In recent years, a number of community wide master plans or needs assessments, have identified strong needs for children and youth in our region and have issued calls to action. Think Big for Kids is looking for proposals from applicants that utilize these reports as a launching point for their big idea and that show how they, alone or in collaboration with others, will measurably contribute to solving the problem.

Additional considerations:

  • The expected range for awards is in excess of $25,000.
  • 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 traditional capacity building projects or capital campaigns.
  • The grant is not intended to fund the routine expansion of an existing program.
  • We may refer applicants to other funders when there is a strong fit.
  • We consider funding any size organization; nevertheless, small or mid-sized organizations are preferred.


  • The applicant is either an IRC 501(c)(3) public organization, has an IRC 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, or is a governmental organization.
  • The application is for a project or organization(s) serving children or youth
  • Impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area is a priority
  • Regional or national scale of ideas are encouraged but viewed as secondary

Past Recipients

In 2021, we funded the following proposal:

  • Generate Health: Seeks to mobilize and inspire the St. Louis region to advance racial equity in pregnancy outcomes, family well-being and community health. Their primary purpose is to unite groups, agencies, community leaders and policy makers towards equitable solutions.

In 2020, we funded the following proposals:

  • WEPOWER: Building the organization’s capacity and sustainability in activating the community to redesign education, economic health, and justice systems to be just and equitable for all. $150,000
  • Health Equity Works: In support of the Missouri Child Development Account Coalition which consists of organizations dedicated to improving health, educational, and economic outcomes for children and families, proposes statewide legislation to provide an initial seed deposit into a long-term college savings account for every baby born in Missouri. $35,000
  • Youth in Need: Behavioral health advocacy and voter education to increase funding for the Community & Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County. $25,000

In 2019, we funded the following proposals:

  • FamilyForward for the Developmental Trauma Center: Advancing Innovative Solutions for our Children: A regional hub to evolve the understanding of the impact of early life abuse and neglect on the developing brain. $100,000
  • Turn the Page STL for a Collaborative Reading Initiative: To increase the number of children that are reading at third grade level. $45,000 over three years, fiscal sponsorship, and office space.
  • The Opportunity Trust for a St. Louis School Finder: A free online tool that allows families to compare schools and, thus, allows them to gain access to understandable and relevant school data as a basis for their school choice. $125,000

In 2018, we funded the following proposals:

  • Youth in Need for Homeless Youth Coordinated Entry for St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Tri-County Region: A collaborative effort to convene, integrate, and coordinate the region’s resources and services to significantly reduce homelessness in youth and increase permanent housing for at-risk youth. $76,500
  • Wyman Center for The Connection Project: Bringing an Innovative Idea for Improving Adolescent Outcomes to Scale: An effort to regionally and nationally scale and replicate an innovative, research-based intervention to build social connections and a sense of belonging for high-school teens. $125,000

In 2017, we funded the following proposals:

  • The Full Frame Initiative for Kids Deserve Wellbeing: A collaboration between area courts, government agencies and the nonprofit community to align, change and achieve better outcomes in the public child welfare system. $175,000
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation for Victims of Violence: A violence prevention program to transform the lives of children and youth that come into the emergency room as a result of gunshot wounds or other violent acts. $75,000
  • Vision for Children at Risk for Building an Early Childhood System: An effort of the Regional Early Childhood Council that brings together the fragmented services and support for young children in our community. $75,000