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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 U.S. 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 the Spring grant cycle are accepted between January 1 – Friday, March 3 @10:00 PM CST.

Letters of Intent for our Fall grant cycle will be accepted beginning July 1 – Friday, September 1 @ 10:00 PM CST. The LOI process will close at 10 pm (CST) on March 3rd and September 1st.

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 April 1 – Friday, May 13 @ 10:00pm 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 Fall October 1 – Friday, November 18 @ 10:00pm 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

NEW PROCESS for required Dana Brown Charitable Trust progress reports. Please access your organization’s account if you were notified to complete a full or interim progress report to meet the deadlines. Only awarded agencies will receive notification from the Grant Interface/Foundant website for this form. Due to this new process, the Fall 2021 progress full or interim report deadline has been extended to Monday, November 21, 2022.

Submission Deadlines

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Spring Cycle Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent submission entries between January 1 – Friday, March 3 @ 10:00 PM CST
  • Charitable organizations are invited to submit grant applications entries between April 1 – May 12 @ 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 – Friday, September 2 @ 10:00pm 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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