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:

  • Grants and financial support
  • Capacity building
  • Volunteers

BFSTL began awarding grants in 2017.

Awards To Date

Total Number of Grant Recipients

Amount Awarded To Date

Total Dollars Allocated to Black-led Nonprofits


  • 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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