The Pettus Foundation Grants

St. Louis Community Foundation

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 12, 2019 3:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 4, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Sep 7, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Missouri: St. Louis County, St. Louis city

Location of residency: Counties in Missouri: St. Louis County, St. Louis city

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In 2015, with the untimely death of Mr. James Finch III, the Community Foundation accepted the honor and privilege of working for the Trustees of the Pettus Foundation to continue to ensure that the philanthropic wishes of Mr. Pettus live on in the St. Louis Region.  

The Foundation’s giving occurs in three ways:

  • St. Louis, where Mr. Pettus Jr. was born and went to school with funding for education of children at risk (with a focus on public education) and job training (helping those who are receivers of society become producers/tax payers to society).
  • Hawaii, where Mr. Pettus Jr. lived in his later years primarily funding early childhood education and human services.
    • Hawaii gives to preselected organizations and does not accept applications for grants.
  • Plus, each of the seven children of James T. Pettus Jr. (family advisors) has an allocated amount to give to charities of their choice both domestically and internationally.

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  • St. Louis accepts Letters of Intent for education of children at risk and job training. 
  • The Pettus Foundation will consider, from time to time and on a case by case basis, applications from excellent charter schools which demonstrate outstanding academic results and sound financial planning.
    • However, public charter schools are not a focus of the Foundation.


  • The trustees especially favor applications that demonstrate multiple funding partners and match or challenge grant opportunities.
    • The trustees seek to leverage the Foundation’s assets to strengthen Saint Louis non-profits working toward the foundation’s goals.


  • The Pettus Foundation does not consider grant applications requesting funds for computer technology.

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