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Core Funding
This announcement serves as an open invitation to all nonprofits and governmental entities serving St. Louis County children and their families in the areas of behavioral health and substance use disorders.

From June 1-July 17, 2017 at 4 PM, proposals will be accepted from new and returning applicants under all ten service areas for services to children and youth ages 19 and under and their families in St. Louis County.

Request for Proposals

2018-2019 Core Funding RFP 2017-33-PR

St. Louis County Children's Service Fund is seeking proposals from qualified behavioral health service providers to provide mental health and substance use treatment services to children and youth ages 0-19 residing in St. Louis County.

Units of Service
Contract Rates
List of Approved Units of Service

Frequently Asked Questions
2018-2019 Core Funding Cycle Questions and Answers Regarding Request for Proposals 2017-33-PR
2018-2019 Core Funding Cycle Q&A RFP 2017-33-PR (part 2)
2018-2019 Core Funding Cycle Q&A RFP 2017-33-PR (part 3)
2018-2019 Core Funding Cycle Q&A RFP 2017-33-PR (part 4)

2018-2019 Allocations Informational Community Meeting PowerPoint
2018-2019 Allocations Informational Community Meeting (PowerPoint)


In November 2008, St. Louis County voters passed a ¼ cent sales tax measure, also known as Proposition 1 and Putting Kids First, creating a community children’s service fund to provide behavioral health and substance use services for children and youth ages 19 and under in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is created under Missouri State Statutes RSMO 67.1775 and 210.861 which specifically define the following ten service areas that can funded:

  • Temporary Shelter Services
  • Transitional Living Services
  • Services to Teen Parents
  • Respite Care Services
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Prevention Services
  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling Service
  • Outpatient Substance Use Treatment
  • Outpatient Psychiatric Services

Per Statute, revenues cannot be expended for residential treatment, inpatient medical, inpatient psychiatric, and inpatient chemical dependency services, or for transportation services for the client.