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Funding Opportunities

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

St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund 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.



CSF is not currently accepting applications for funding.  

To be added to the email list to be alerted when new funding opportunities become available, please email [email protected].


*Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for funding, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or governmental entity
  • Be in good standing with the State of Missouri (not applicable for governmental entity)
  • Conduct an annual independent financial audit
  • File all required and applicable Federal (990/990-EZ/990-N/990-T) and State (MO-1120) returns annually (not applicable for governmental entity)
  • Be certified, accredited, or licensed in the services for which it is requesting funding (or be in the process of doing so; verification must be provided)
  • Require background checks, including child abuse and neglect screenings, by the Family Care Safety Registry or another screening approved by CSF, conducted annually on all employees and volunteers providing direct services to children and youth
  • Maintain a policy of nondiscrimination against any employee or applicant for employment or services because of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, age, marital status, or disability (St. Louis County Ordinance 202.270)
  • Require employees and volunteers maintain confidentiality of protected client information

*St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund Board of Directors reserves the right to waive eligibility requirements in emergencies. 

2020-2022 Core

2020-2022 Core RFP is now closed.

2020-2022 Core External Reviewers
In June and July, CSF staff and external reviewers will meet to discuss the 2020-2022 Core proposals. Feedback from the external reviewers will be used to inform staff recommendations to the board. We are excited to work with such a talented group of individuals this cycle. For a list of the external reviewers, including their biographies, please click the link above.

2020-2022 Core Funding Resources
2020-2022 Core Funding Application Guidance
The 2020-2022 Core Funding Application Guidance was created to help guide you through the application in the SurveyMonkey Apply platform. It also contains important instructions for how to register your organization for an account. Each organization that has multiple users must establish a Primary Administrator. The Primary Administrator will have sole responsibility for submitting the completed application(s) and will be the main point of contact for all emails and alerts from SurveyMonkey Apply related to the application. This individual should begin the registration process.

Pre-Application Meetings
2020-2022 Core Pre-Application Meeting Presentation
April 9 Morning Session 2020 2022 Core Pre Application Meeting
April 9 Afternoon Session 2020 2022 Core Pre Application Meeting
April 11 Afternoon Session 2020 2022 Core Pre Application Meeting

CSF's Office
In addition to the online application, organizations must submit one (1) printed copy of all required components of the proposal(s) by 2 p.m. on May 10 to St. Louis County Children's Service Fund.

CSF Policies
Please read CSF’s policies as some information may impact your organization’s proposal(s). They are located on the bottom of the page under CSF policies.

2020-2022 List of Approved Units of Service (Schedule B)
The attached document should be used when choosing units for the 2020-2022 Core application for funding. Please note: The most recent version is dated March 26, 2019 and was approved by the board in March. The previous version, listed under 2018-2019 Core Resource Documents, dated January 1, 2018 cannot be used for the 2020-2022 Core funding cycle.

Determining Reimbursable Units of Service (Schedule B)
For additional information on Schedule B, please click the link above.

Financial Information and Program Unit Table and Budget Instructions
Attachment 4-Financial Information and Program Unit Table and Budget spreadsheet is designed to assist agencies in documenting the agency-wide financial position as well as provide details on the specific program(s) that funding is requested for. The attached guide will assist in the completion of the spreadsheet.

2020-2022 Core Timeline

Key ActivityDate


Eligibility Outreach Meeting03/06/2019
This meeting is an opportunity for potential partners to learn more about CSF and funding eligibility for 2020-2022 Core.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health

– Community Room

6121 North Hanley Road

St. Louis, MO 63134





2020-2022 Core RFP Opens03/29/2019
2020-2022 Core is a two and a half year funding cycle that starts on January 1, 2020 and concludes on June 30, 2022.





Pre-Application MeetingsRegister Here: CSF will provide an overview of the RFP April 9 Morning Session guidelines and requirements, and answerApril 9 Afternoon Session any questions about the applicationApril 11 Afternoon Session process. CSF will also go over some changes to the upcoming funding cycle, including the revised list of reimbursable units (Schedule B, List of Approved Units of Service) and the shift to standardized outcome measures.




Deadline for Questions & Clarifications for Addendums04/26/2019
Per St. Louis County procurement policies, applicants are able to ask questions in writing to [email protected] (Copy [email protected]), until 2:00 p.m. CDT on April 26, 2019. CSF will review, compile, and post responses on the County website weekly, and these will be considered addendums to this RFP. Acknowledgement of all addendums must be submitted as an attachment with the proposal; therefore, applicants cannot submit proposals before the Issuance of Final Addendum.






Issuance of Consolidated Final Addendum and First04/30/2019
Date that Proposals Can Be Submitted
All questions will be answered and posted on the County’s website weekly. These answers will be considered addendums to this RFP. Acknowledgement of all addendums must be submitted as a required attachment with the proposal in its entirety. Proposals without acknowledgement of all addendums will be considered incomplete.





Proposals Due05/10/2019 2:00PM
Proposals in their entirety must be submitted through Survey Monkey Apply and one (1) printed copy of all required components of the proposal must be received by St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund.





Application Review and EvaluationJune-July/2019
Both CSF staff and external reviewers work together to review proposals and make recommendations to the board.





Board Meeting09/2019
The board will meet to discuss funding decisions.





CSF staff will notify applicants of the board’s funding decisions.





2020-2022 Core Orientation12/13/19
Partner agencies are invited to attend an overview of the 2020-2022 Core funding cycle. Agencies will learn about policies, processes, and reporting.





Contracts Finalized12/2019
Partner agencies will return contracts signed by their executive directors or authorized signatory to CSF.



To request an Emergency Funding Request Form, please contact Paulette Foerster, director of programs, at [email protected]

Policy and Procedure for Requesting Emergency Funding


To establish the policy and procedure for nonprofit organizations to request emergency funding. The emergency funding request must align with Missouri Revised Statutes chapter 210 sections 210.860 or section 67.1775.


Emergency funding requests are only available for community emergencies, not agency infrastructure crises. A community emergency situation is defined as a catastrophic event such as a flood, tornado, or human-induced event. St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) does not consider loss or reduction of agency funding to be a community emergency.


  • St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund Board of Directors recognizes that there are situations that constitute emergencies eligible for consideration under the emergency allocation program.
  • The board has created a pool of funds to support emergencies with the understanding that awards will not exceed $50,000 per project.
  • CSF will review emergency funding requests within 24-48 business hours.
  • CSF emergency funding will be available only for activities that directly address a community need related to children’s behavioral health and crisis intervention for the safety of children, youth, and their families.


  • Applicant submits emergency funding request form to CSF. The request details the nature of the emergency, the specific request, project budget, and impact of the request.
  • The request is sent to the executive director of CSF via email.
  • CSF program staff evaluates the request as appropriate. If the application does not align with CSF’s statutory requirements or does not directly address an emergency, the applicant is notified within 24 business hours.
  • During the evaluation process, an applicant may be asked to provide additional information.
  • After evaluation and review, the applicant’s request form with supporting documentation is forwarded to the board chair and the executive committee for action.
  • The executive committee considers the request within 24 – 48 business hours.
  • When the executive committee, on behalf of the full board, approves the emergency funding request, an emergency funding award contract will be generated.
  • The emergency funding request and decision will be presented at the next board meeting.