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Grants to Missouri and Illinois Students at IHEs for Service Projects to Benefit the Local Community

Student United Way Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Greater St. Louis Area: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair Missouri: Greater St. Louis Area: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis, Warren

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/13/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Illinois and Missouri college and university students collaborating with nonprofits, educational institutions, student clubs, faith groups, and other service organizations for student-led projects that benefit the local community in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support service initiatives within the focus areas of education, health, food and shelter, financial stability, and strong communities. Eligible projects benefit the greater St. Louis area, including Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair in Illinois, and Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis, and Warren in Michigan.

Student United Way is a student group committed to helping people live their best possible lives. The organization believes in the power of young people to do great things and impact the local community. In order to support the philanthropic, civic and service-based efforts of college and university students in the greater St. Louis region, Student United Way offers one-time grants to provide financial support for student-led service initiatives.

Student United Way volunteers identify the emerging regional issues that the grants address and lead the grant allocations process.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Local college and university 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 faith groups.

Approval of funding is based on the student or group’s ability to meet the following requirements:
- The grant application must be written and submitted by a student currently enrolled in a college within United Way of Greater St. Louis’s service area.
- List a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (it can be a school/university) as a financial steward. Funding will not be released directly to individuals or students

Additional Geographic Information:

Service Area Map:

Pre-Proposal Conference
United Way will host information sessions via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, October 17th at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m., and Thursday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. to share best practices, tips and tools and to answer any questions regarding this year’s Student United Way One-Time Grants.

- To join the October 17 meeting, see:

- To join the October 26 meeting, see:

- To join the November 2 meeting, see:

Pre-Application Information
- Application Open October 12 – November 13 2023
- Information Session to Grant Applicants: Tuesday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m.
- Application Deadline: Monday, November 13 2023 @11:59 P.M.
- Signed MOUs Due: Friday, November 25, 2023
- Grant Recipient Project Overview Presentations to peers and Impact Reporting Training:
Saturday, December 2, 2023
- Projects and Grant Funding Period End Date: Friday, December 31, 2024
- Final Grant Impact Report Due to United Way: Monday, January 6, 2025

Grant awards will be announced in late December and cannot be made directly to students.

In accordance with due-diligence best practices, Student United Way grant funding will be released to the agency/non-profit, college or University serving as the financial advisor and steward for the project as listed on the grant application. Funding will not be released directly to the student project leader.

No student will be permitted to submit an application and serve on the Allocations Committee.

Selected grant initiatives must attend required impact reporting training and present your project to United Way team members. Receipt of funding is dependent upon student attendance at the Grant Reporting Training. Funding offer will be rescinded if a representative does not attend.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,000

Term of Contract
The selected grant initiatives must begin within a year of the grant award date.
Projects and Grant Funding Period End Date: Friday, December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Completed applications for 2023-2024 Student United Way Grants must be sent to:

For questions or concerns, email

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