Frequently Asked Questions

Leave questions about the request for proposal here. Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted on this page. 

Q: Can an organization apply if it did not have a representative at the information session in December?

A: An organizational representative must have attended the information session for Invest STL's pilot request for proposal to apply. 

Q: Are there enough funds in this round of RFP's to cover four applicants at the maximum funding level of $400,000? 

A: Invest STL is not asking for specific grant amount requests at this stage in the process. After successful applicants have been selected and work plans have been approved, funds currently available cannot support a maximum award amount for the maximum number of awardees.  Applicants will be at different capacity levels and places will have different community development needs so the variation in number of awardees will be based on the level of financial support needed in each organization and place chosen.

Q: Our organization wants to ensure we have the next RFP round on our calendar. Do you have the dates set for the next round?

A: The next request for proposals has not been determined yet. Continue to check investl.org for future opportunities. 

Q: Are applicants limited to the space available for each question on the application form? 

A: Applicants can provide answers longer than the space available. 

Q: Should applicants provide a printable version with our complete answers when we submit? 

A: Applicants can submit a printable version. 

Q: How will co-applicants or partners be included in the second phase of the award process (e.g., determining budgets and technical assistance needs)? 

A: A lead place-based organization is expected to be the main recipient of the organizational assessment, staffing support, and technical assistance to implement organizational improvements. A collaborative of partners can be involved in the community engaged revitalization plans and implementation and may be supported in their role in the comprehensive community improvement initiative.

Q: The RFP cover sheet requires a lead organization's EIN and IRS designation, however we are considering a neighborhood collaborative as the umbrella organizational structure that does not have its own EIN and is not registered with the IRS. Can we submit under the above conditions? If applying collaboratively, is the "organization" referenced in the grant questions the lead organization or the collection of organizations who form the collaborative?

A: Invest STL requires a lead community organization with its own EIN and IRS designation.  The lead community organization will be the primary contact for a grant that is awarded and will  be the party entering into an agreement  with St. Louis Community Foundation for Invest STL services and funding.   

We recognize collaboration among several parties can be an effective way to develop and implement community development strategies.  There are a number of ways that collaborative efforts can be structured to best address the needs of the community.  We encourage community organizations and neighborhoods to develop a collaborative framework that will be the most effective way to address the community needs they are seeking to address. At the same time, technical assistance and funding for organizational development support is being provided to  strengthen community organizations on a long-term basis.   As a result, the organizational assessment and technical support to be provided to organizations designated for Invest STL support will focus primarily on the lead organization designated in the proposal.