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Types of Funding

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.

Applications for the next Core cycle will be made available on March 29, 2019. This is the only funding opportunity that will be accepting proposals in 2019. To be added to the email list to be alerted when new funding opportunities become available, please email [email protected]

If you’d like to meet to discuss a program concept for 2020-2022 Core, please email Director of Programs Paulette Foerster at [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 
  • 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

Key ActivityDate

Eligibility Outreach MeetingMarch 6, 2019
 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


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 OpensMarch 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.

Proposals DueMay 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Board MeetingSeptember 2019 The board will meet to discuss funding decisions.

NotificationOctober 2019 CSF staff will notify applicants of the board’s funding decisions.


2020-2022 Core OrientationNovember 2019 Partner agencies are invited to attend an overview of the 2020-2022 Core funding cycle. Agencies will learn about policies, processes, and reporting.

Contracts FinalizedDecember 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.