Deaconess Foundation: COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery Fund Grant

Deaconess Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: African-American Services Poverty Alleviation & Services Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Madison County, Monroe County, St. Clair County, Counties in Missouri: Franklin County, Jefferson County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Madison County, Monroe County, St. Clair County, Counties in Missouri: Franklin County, Jefferson County Show all

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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NOTE: Requests will be evaluated versus immediate relief and long-term recovery needs and other proposals as long as funds are available.

Deaconess Foundation seeks to partner with local Black-led social service and social change organizations by investing a total of $2.2 million in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in the St. Louis region. The funding will support sustaining Black-led organization’s capacity to respond to community needs during the pandemic.

The Equitable Relief and Recovery Fund aims to strengthen existing regional infrastructure for public health and social service coordination while promoting racial equity, regional collaboration, and inclusion in COVID-19 responses.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ), Deaconess Foundation is able to provide an additional $1 million in humanitarian aid to the St. Louis region.

RWJF’s investment in St. Louis aims to help communities that already face daunting health challenges navigate the additional burdens of the pandemic by addressing immediate needs such as food, housing, and income assistance.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations will be Black-led, provide direct aid (i.e. food, shelter, financial supports) to people most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or lead efforts to mobilize these communities to meet social needs.
  • The geographic footprint for funding includes: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles Counties in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois. 
  • In response to the great disparities in COVID-19 contraction and death rates for Black citizens and under-representation of Black leadership in regional response, this Fund focuses investment on Black-led organizations and prioritizes those who serve Black communities.
    • Organizations are classified as Black-led if either the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Volunteer Officer identifies as Black.
  • Groups selected for funding must have a 501(c)(3) tax status determination with the Internal Revenue Service or have a fiscal agent with such status at the time of application.
    • A fiscal agent is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) designation that performs administrative management, contract management and accounting for a group that does not have a 501(c)(3) determination.
  • Please note that all projects supported by the Fund must follow the Center for Disease Control's guidelines for maintaining social distancing to protect the health and safety of all those involved.

This page was last reviewed November 27, 2020 and last updated June 19, 2020