Community Enhancement Grants are investments United Way makes into a specific community or to help with an emerging need.

Open to any nonprofit agency meeting the criteria of the grant – not just United Way partner agencies – these one-time grants give nonprofits the opportunity to start a new program, enhance an area of service or purchase needed equipment and supplies. Community Enhancement Grants are another way United Way makes our region a better place for all of us.

Just as volunteers determine where to allocate funds for United Way’s partner agencies, volunteers also review community enhancement grant applications and determine where to award the dollars.

Apply Now: 2014 Grant Opportunities
  1. Download calendar of 2014 one-time Community Enhancement Grant opportunities (includes due date, geographic area, target area, grant amount, quantity available, and application information and instructions.
  2. Download 2014 application

Completed applications must be submitted via email to reporting@stl.unitedway.org by 5:00 p.m. on the due date. Only one application per grant topic will be accepted from each applying organization. For questions regarding the topics and application contact vanessa.wayne@stl.unitedway.org.

2013 Grants
Topic: Agency Collaborations

Coordinated Youth and Human Services
Awarded: $16,140 Program: Enhance communication and collaboration among Madison County, IL social service providers by working with the service provider network to develop a strategic plan to improve client services.

Community Council of St. Charles County
Awarded: $16,140 Program: Develop a pilot program offering quarterly sessions for small nonprofits to increase accessibility. Sessions will include HIPAA privacy/security, CPR first aid, diversity discrimination, sexual harassment.

Topic: Basic Needs in Randolph County

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide local residents with basic needs (food and personal care products) and holiday gift baskets

Red Bud Rotary
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Hold a community health fair to provide free health screenings, flu shots, health and wellness educational booths and medical professionals to answer questions

Southwestern Illinois College Summer High School Academy
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide people who have dropped out of high school with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma

St. Clement Community Foundation
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Hold a community health fair to provide screenings and education for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and health education

Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Assist domestic violence survivors with basic needs such as clothing, transportation, assistance with utilities and prescription medication

Topic: Basic Needs in Clinton County

Carlyle Rotary Club Foundation
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide food baskets for low-income and homeless individuals and families during the holidays, especially the elderly and families in rural areas

Community Link
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Help low-income clients with disabilities with basic needs, such as personal hygiene products, food and bus passes

First United Methodist Church
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide support to the area food pantry

West Gate Baptist Church
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide food baskets, fresh fruit and vegetables, and gift cards during the holiday

Western Clinton Senior Services
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide hot meals in a congregate setting and coordinates Meals On Wheels for clients who are homebound and in more rural areas 

Topic: Employment support in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties

Boone Center Inc.
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Help people with disabilities retain and maintain employment by offering job development, job coaching and ongoing onsite contact with the employee and employer

Delta Center
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Provide a benefits specialist to individuals with disabilities to help them seek and attain employment

Developmental Disabilities Resources of Lincoln County
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Provide young teens the opportunity to visit area business leaders and gain hands-on experience in their field of interest

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service Center
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Provide assessments of client needs and job skills, one-to-one counseling, a career center with computer assistance and online job search assistance

TEMCO Inc.
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Provide graduating high school students in Warren County a real-world employment experience to help them make the transition from school to work

Warren County Handicapped Services Inc
Awarded: $2,500
Program: Provide personal assistance to individuals with disabilities to maintain current employment, meet work goals, and develop strategies to help increase productivity

Topic: Basic Needs in Monroe County

Human Support Services
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Direct support for low-income clients (gift cards, gas cards, bus passes and groceries) to help them meet scheduled appointments and reduce obstacles

Monroe County Apartments 4 Association
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Help low-income clients who are disabled with rent subsidies in Housing and Urban Development apartments

Southwestern Illinois College Summer High School Academy
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide people who have dropped out of high school with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma

St. Paul United Church of Christ
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Provide food baskets, fresh fruit and vegetables and gift cards to clients during holidays

Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
Awarded: $1,000
Program: Assist domestic violence survivors with basic needs, such as clothing, transportation, assistance with utilities and prescription medication

Topic: Youth Activities in East St. Louis

Christian Activity Center
Awarded: $25,440
Program: Offer youth a Summer Learning Academy, on-site summer camps, educational field trips and service projects

Mount Sanai Family Life Center
Awarded: $25,440
Program: Operate a day camp for 40 youth, ages 5-12, for eight weeks, providing recreational activities, life skills, community projects and guest presentations

Nu Chi Foundation
Awarded: $25,440
Program: Work with at-risk 5th to 12th grade males on life skills to build character and a sense of citizenship; youth will be paired with mentors and participate in educational sessions, conflict resolution, money management and leadership activities

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
Awarded: $25,440
Program: Provide teens with a structured after-school and summer programs throughout St. Clair County

Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois
Awarded: $25,440
Program: Offer camps to bring together children of East St. Louis and police officers by providing opportunities to positively interact through activities, field trips and community service projects

Topic: Services to the Hispanic Community

St. Charles Community College
Awarded: $7,500
Program: Provide a Health Literacy Specialty Class that will work to educate the Hispanic community on healthcare services available to them and how to access services

Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
Awarded: $7,500
Program: Expanded services to the Hispanic community of St. Clair County with special focus on Fairmont City

Topic: Women Immigrants and Refugees

Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program
Awarded: $13,232
Program: Serve individuals from a variety of countries who have resettled in St. Louis City and want to learn English but face barriers to attend language classes outside their own homes

International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
Awarded: $13,232
Program: Home Child Care Business Program will provide refugees with group training in small business formation, operation and child development training. The ultimate goal for the students is to open and operate an in-home daycare in their community

Topic: Low-income Youth

Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, Inc.
Awarded: $7,500
Program: Sweet Sensation is a social enterprise program designed to provide employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and small business development skills to underserved teens through the design and operation of a beekeeping business

2012 Grants

In 2012, United Way awarded 22 one-time Community Enhancement Grants totaling $211,132 to 22 nonprofit organizations in defined Missouri and Illinois counties.

Topic: Employment Support Services

Community Living
Awarded: $2,500 The program helps persons with disabilities retain and maintain employment by offering job development, job coaching and ongoing onsite contact with the employee and employer.

Boone Center
Awarded: $2,500 Seeks to help persons with disabilities living in rural areas with emergency transportation needed to complete job training and retain employment. Support may be gas cards, temporary transport to and from employment.

Developmental Disabilities Resources of Lincoln County
Awarded: $2,500 Summer Youth Employment Exploration allows young teens the opportunity to visit area business leaders and gain hands-on experience. Employers meet the teens in small group settings and engage in mock interviews. Teens have an opportunity to shadow professionals in their field of interest.

St. Joachim and Ann
Awarded: $2,500 Workforce Development seeks to provide low-income residents in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties with professional assistance and tools to improve their ability to find employment.

TEMCO Inc.
Awarded: $2,500 TEMCO, located in rural Warren County, provides graduating high school students a real-world employment experience. The program will also instruct on necessary skills to transition from school to work.

Youth In Need
Awarded: $2,500 The Transitional Living Program works with youth age 18-24 to prepare them for employment by conducting job readiness workshops and assisting in job attainment and retention.

Topic: Medical Help for Seniors

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc. St. Louis Chapter
Awarded: $3,134 The Family Support Fund program helps low-income families purchase health care items and incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements and durable medical equipment.

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Awarded: $2,500 The Aid to Individuals program assists seniors with co-payments for prescription and over the counter medication.

International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
Awarded: $2,500 Medical supplies and personal care items for 70 elderly refugees through case management services.

Topic: Women’s Wellness

ALIVE
Awarded: $13,232 A part-time therapist expands the number of clients served in the adult counseling program who have been victims of domestic violence.

Volunteers in Medicine
Awarded: $13,232 Free medical clinic for the uninsured provides basic healthcare for women residing in St. Charles, Lincoln, Montgomery and Warren counties.

Topic: Dental Care Services for Low-Income Children and Seniors

Give Kids a Smile
Awarded: $5,000 Dental care, dental supplies, oral health education, and nutritional counseling for more than 600 children in St. Louis City.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Awarded: $5,000 Digital x-ray machine and two dental sensors for the dental care program operated in partnership with St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.

Jefferson County Health Department – Smiles to Go program
Awarded: $5,000 Operated with Jefferson County Health and Jefferson County School District, the program provides school-based dental services and distribution of dental kits to uninsured and under-insured school-age children.

Topic: Youth Activities in East St. Louis

Catholic Urban Programs
Awarded: $25,440 The Griffin Center offers three five-week summer day camps for children 6-14 who reside in East St. Louis public housing.

Christian Activity Center
Awarded: $25,440 Offers Summer Learning Academy, on-site summer camps, educational field trips and service projects.

City of Champions
Awarded: $25,440 Five of the best nationally ranked high schools play a championship game in East St. Louis. The game is broadcast nationally on Fox television. The proceeds from the event are used to support other local sports camps programs.

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
Awarded: $25,440 Teen Reach is a structured after-school and summer program that operates at the Mary Brown Center, two housing authority properties in Centreville and one location in Washington Park.

Southern Mission Enrichment Foundation
Awarded: $25,440 Six-week summer enrichment camp for area youth that will include recreational development, computer literacy, field trips, and financial literacy training.

Topic: Programs in St. Clair County

Girls Scouts of Southern of Illinois
Awarded: $6,022 The Girls Scout Outreach Program provides more than 200 girls in East St. Louis and the surrounding area with an opportunity in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Participating girls earn badges and conduct community service projects.

Leu Civic Center
Awarded: $6,022 Kiddie Boot Camp will work with children age 4 to 8th grade and engage them in physical activity to encourage physical fitness and healthy behavior.

Vincent Gray Academy
Awarded: $6,022 The Academy provides high school dropouts the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, not a General Equivalence Degree (GED).

Topic: Past Community Enhancement Grants
2011 Grants

United Way gave one-time grants totaling $351,764 in the areas of:

  • Basic Needs – Clinton County
  • Basic Needs – Monroe County
  • Basic Needs – Randolph County
  • Basic Needs – St. Clair County
  • Dental, Vision and Hearing – St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln Counties
  • Healthy Behaviors (for women ages 18-25 that have aged out of the foster care system)
  • Healthy Behaviors for Seniors
  • Healthy Food Options
  • Safety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth Services (East St. Louis)
2010 Grants

United Way gave one-time grants totaling $309,664 in the areas of:

  • Basic Needs – Clinton County
  • Basic Needs – Monroe County
  • Basic Needs – Randolph County
  • Basic Needs – St. Clair County
  • Basic Needs – Warren County
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Food Pantries
  • Meal Delivery for Seniors and Disabled
  • Transitional Housing
  • Transitions Job Training for Women
  • Youth Services (East St. Louis)
2009 Grants

United Way gave one-time grants totaling about $101,500 in the areas of:

  • Girl empowerment
  • Transition to financial independence
  • Disaster recovery
  • Youth health literacy
  • Neighborhood violence impact
  • Youth services
  • Senior programming
  • Projects in Clinton County
  • Youth services in Randolph County
  • Basic needs in St. Charles County
  • Basic needs in Warren County
  • Basic needs in Lincoln County
2008 Grants

United Way gave one-time grants totaling about $450,000 in the areas of:

  • Bilingual international assistant services
  • Healthy mothers and babies
  • Medical screenings for low-income women
  • Employment assistance and training for low-income women
  • Monroe and St. Clair counties senior services
  • Healthy eating and fitness
  • At-risk youth in Randolph and Clinton counties
  • The sandwich generation
  • Warren and Lincoln counties social services enhancement
  • Micro-lending and micro-enterprise development for low-income women
  • New Americans in St. Charles County
  • Increasing the capacity of food pantries
  • Tangible items for domestic violence shelters
  • Start-up and seed funding for new programming for women and girls
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