2023 Grant Guidelines - Responsive Portfolio

The mission of the Jefferson Foundation is to provide support for charitable and educational activities that promote individual and community health and well-being.

To carry out the mission of the Jefferson Foundation, the following grant guidelines have been established for 2023.  It is anticipated that these guidelines will be reviewed and changes will be considered annually.

Grant Amount

Grant sizes will be a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $250,000. Larger or smaller grants are awarded at the discretion of the Jefferson Foundation Board of Directors.

Geographic Area Served

Grants will be awarded to qualified public charities and government units that are located in or serve residents of Jefferson County, MO.

Grant Topics

Grants will be made to qualified public charities and government units to support activities that increase the health and well-being of Jefferson County residents. Grant topics include but are not limited to:

Grant Categories

Funding will be awarded in the following categories: program support; capacity building; and capital projects. Applications can be submitted for more than one category; however, only one proposal will be awarded of each grant type per year. Grants received through the proactive portfolio do not exclude grants that can be received through the responsive portfolio.

Grant Cycle

Grants will be awarded in June and December. For the June cycle, applications must be received on February 9, 2023 and for the December cycle applications must be received on July 20, 2023.



Grant proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:

Grant Applications

Grant applications are submitted through an online application process. Program grant applications for less than $10,000 may be submitted through a paper application.

Only requested grant application materials will be accepted. Please do not submit items that are not requested such as letters of recommendation or testimonials.

The Foundation receives numerous grant requests and is unable to fund all projects.

The Foundation will only consider grant applications that are fully completed.

To learn more about the grant process and to obtain a grant application, please contact Missy Endres at 636-638-1400 or mendres@jfmo.org.


Final decisions on grant applications will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at the April and October board meetings. You will be informed of the board’s decision within two weeks of the board meeting at which your proposal is discussed. If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement that includes reporting and other requirements. Funding will not be disbursed until a signed Grant Agreement is received.