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The Dana Brown Charitable Trust welcomes grant applications from any 501(c)(3) organization that provides for the health, education, and welfare of disadvantaged children and the health and welfare of animals in the St. Louis Metro area. The detailed process, along with links to additional rules and guidelines for our grant applicants are outlined below. Also contained on this page is the first step in joining The Dana Brown Charitable Trust as we pioneer for a better St. Louis, our Letter of Intent form. 

Positive change takes courage and ambition. We look forward to receiving your Letter of Intent form and learning more about your desire to have a strong positive impact on our community.

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Dana Brown Charitable Trust Grant Application

Step One

Determine Eligibility

Determine your eligibility to apply. Review the Recipient Gallery, FAQs, & Grants page to identify if your grant request would be a good fit for The Dana Brown Charitable Trust.

Step Two

Complete Letter of Intent

NEW LETTER OF INTENT PROCESS!!

Please register your charitable organization through the US Bank-Dana Brown Charitable Trust Online Portal using the link below.  Please be sure to CREATE NEW ACCOUNT to create your login credentials.  Once registered, you will have access to the Letter of Intent Online Document.

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Letters of Intent for our Spring grant cycle are accepted between January 1st – February 28th @ 10:00 PM CST.  Letters of Intent for our Fall grant cycle will be accepted beginning July 1st – August 31st @ 10:00 PM CST.  The LOI process will close at 10 pm (CST) on February 28th and August 31st.

Step Three

Letter of Intent Review

The Grantmaking Committee will review your Letter of Intent form within two months of the grant cycle’s respective LOI deadline. In the event the Committee is interested in pursuing your request, you will receive an invitation to apply for the upcoming grant cycle. The invitation will include detailed instructions about how and where to apply.

Step Four

Complete Grant Application

If invited, you will be provided a private link to the complete Grant Application. If you are to be considered at our Spring Committee Review Meeting, your grant application must be completed no later than May 15th @ 10PM CST to be reviewed at our June meeting. If you are to be considered at our Fall Committee Review Meeting, your grant application must be completed no later than November 15th @ 10PM CST to be reviewed at our December meeting.

Step Five

Award Notification

Decisions on grants are made by the Grantmaking Committee of The Dana Brown Charitable Trust. You will be notified whether or not you were awarded a grant from The Dana Brown Charitable Trust and in what amount.

Step Six

Submit Progress Report

If you are a grant recipient, you will be expected to submit a end-of-year Progress Report detailing your financial accountings regarding accomplishment of purpose within 10 months of the initial notice you’ve been awarded a grant. Deadlines for progress reports are as follows:

  • If you received a grant during our Spring grant cycle, your progress report is due by April 30th of the following year.
  • If you received a grant during our Fall grant cycle your progress report is due October 30th of the following year.

Interim reports and financial accounting will also be required for multi-year projects.

If you are having any issues with your submission, please contact Bethany Springer at 314-418-2682.

Submission Deadlines


Spring Cycle Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent submission entries between January 1 – February 28 @ 10:00 PM CST
  • Charitable organizations invited to submit grant applications entries between April 1 – May 15 @ 10:00 PM CST
  • Organizations who received grant funding, progress report due April 30th the following year

Fall Cycle Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent submission entries between July 1 – August 31 @ 10:00 PM CST
  • Charitable organizations invited to submit grant applications entries between October 1 – November 15 @ 10:00 PM CST  
  • Organizations who received grant funding, progress report due October 30th the following year

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