BFSTL supports black-led nonprofit organizations serving black children, youth, adults, and families in the St. Louis metropolitan area primarily but not limited to St. Louis City and St. Louis County through:

  • Capacity building
  • Grants and financial support
  • Volunteer activities

To date, BFSTL has awarded $10,250 in grants to seven recipients. 


  • Organizations are required to have an African American as the Executive Director, President, or corresponding lead position.
  • Mission alignment with BFSTL goals and civic engagement
  • Services provided in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (Missouri- primary focus St. Louis City and St. Louis County)
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) 

2020 Focus Areas & Grant Size

  • General operating and/or programming support for organizations focused on Civic Engagement (definition).
  • Applicants may request up to $5,000. 

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