Student Grant Program - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Student United Way of Greater St. Louis offers $10,000 in one-time grants – up to $1,000 each – to provide financial support for student-led community service projects within the greater St. Louis region. Student United Way volunteers identify the emerging regional issues that the grants address, and lead the grant allocations process.

Local college student applicants can apply for the grant in collaboration with service organizations including, but not limited to: student clubs, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and religious groups. More information on the application guidelines can be found by downloading the grant application below.

Student United Way One-Time Grants

Student United Way of Greater St. Louis is the United Way student group committed to helping people live their best possible lives. Student United Way believes in the power of young people to do great things and impact our community. In order to support the philanthropic, civic and service-based efforts of college and university students in the St. Louis region Student United Way offers one-time grants, up to $1,000 each, to provide financial support for student-led service initiatives. Grant applications should relate to the United Way of Greater St. Louis impact areas: education, strong communities, financial stability, food and shelter, and health.

Requirements: 

Read the below requirements carefully. The receipt of funding is based on the student or group’s ability to meet all the requirements.

  1. The grant application must be written and submitted by a local college student.
  2. The selected grant initiatives must:
    1. Involve local college students
    2. Involve the local community
    3. Begin within a year of the grant award date
    4. List a 501c3 nonprofit (can be a school/university) as a financial steward. Funding will not be send to individuals or businesses.
    5. Provide a progress update (survey is sent from Student United Way).
    6. Complete One-Time Grant Final Report
    7. Report any major changes in program during time grant funding is being used.
  3. Submit all required documentation needed to disburse the funding with the grant application. All documents must be submitted in order for application to be considered. Documents include:
    1. Complete application with separate Excel document budget
    2. Patriot Act Form
    3. W-9 for organization serving as financial steward
  4. Handwritten applications are not accepted.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All fields are required unless otherwise stated.
  6. Receipt of funding is dependent upon student attendance at the One Time Grant Breakfast and Training. Funding offer will be rescinded if a representative does not attend.
  7. No student is allowed to submit an application and serve on the Allocation Committee.

To Apply:

  1. Email completed applications to suw.stl.stewardship@gmail.com by  11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2017.
  2. Main application form should be submitted as a Word document.
  3. Submission should also include Excel document with budget and completed documents (W-9 and Patriot Act form).
  4. You should receive an email confirming your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email within three business days please follow up.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Notification of Awards: Friday, November 17, 2017

Contacts: For additional information, please email suw.stl.stewardship@gmail.com.

If you have received a one-time grant in a previous cycle, you may download and complete the reporting document.

2016 - 2017 Student United Way Grant Awardees
  • Relay for Life of Washington University was awarded $755 to purchase fleece to make fleece blankets for clients.
  • Young Scientist Program, a group at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $755 to purchase equipment to enhance and improve their experiments with middle and high school students.
  • Labre Ministries, a group at Saint Louis University, was awarded $400 to cover the costs of a speaker fees for their Homeless Summit.
  • Campus Kitchen at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was awarded $1,000 to support the operational costs of running the kitchen including food stables and kitchen equipment.
  • Broken But Not Shattered Ministries was awarded $200 to cover the cost of the child provider accreditation application through a student volunteer from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Black Student Organization, a group at McKendree University, was awarded $600 to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need.
  • Overground Railroad Wallbridge, a group at Saint Louis University, was awarded $522 to cover the costs of a school bus rental to take the students they work with on an educational trip to Saint Louis University.
  • Overground Railroad North Campus, a group at Saint Louis University, was awarded $900 to provide healthy snacks for the students during their programming.
  • Overground Railroad at Vashon High School, a group at Saint Louis University, was awarded $225 to provide healthy snacks for the students during their programming.
  • Mx. WashU, a group at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $640 to support their efforts to provide programming and support for students in the Clinton-Peabody housing development in collaboration with City Faces.
  • East St. Louis Initiative, a group at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $995 to support their entrepreneurship programming and events in East St. Louis.
  • Lambda Sigma, a group at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies for home-booked meals for the clients at Ronald McDonald House.
  • Lions Club, a group at Saint Louis University, was awarded $1,000 to purchase snacks for their public health fair.
  • Partners in East St Louis, a group at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $1,000 to provide support for their Community Teaching Garden initiative in partnership with East Side Health District.