Get Started

To begin, all applicants will need to create an account by clicking the link below. Once you have created your account, a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) application may be started.

Submission Instructions

To apply for a grant from our Foundation, an individual will need to complete a "Letter of Inquiry" (LoI).  All requestors must complete this LoI in order to be considered for a grant.  If the applicant's letter meets current criteria, the applicant will receive an invitation via email that includes a link to the second step of the application.  If the request does not meet our current criteria, applicants will be notified via email. 

To begin the LoI, you will first need to create a user account.  Once the account has been established, select the link for the LoI.  You will need the organization's 9-digit Federal Identification Number that was issued by the Internal Revenue Service that may be found on the 501(c)(3) determination letter.  Please note, that the FEIN you will be required to use is that of the 501(c)(3) and not the regular assignment of the Tax ID number – it must be for the 501(c)(3).  We can only support organizations that are 501(c)(3) charities that are Publication 78 verified in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. 

If your organization received their IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter recently and the system is not accepting your 9-digit number, please email a scan of the IRS 501(c)(3) letter to: info@crawfordtaylorfoundation.org.  Once we review the documentation, and it meets our requirements, a separate LoI link will be emailed. 

You may print out the LoI by selecting the "printer friendly version" at the top of the application page. 

If, at any time during the application you have a question, please select the "contact us" link at the top of the application page.  If you need technical help, please include the email address and password you used to set up your application. 

Please note, you may be asked to make a presentation to members of the Crawford Taylor Foundation Board. Board members may also request a visit to your organization's premises, additional follow-up meetings and reports on the progress of your program.

 

Deadlines for Submission

Our Board of Directors meets to evaluate grant requests three times a year. Deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • February 1st (Spring meeting)
  • June 1st (Summer meeting)
  • October 1st (Winter meeting)

Final decisions are made after the Board has carefully and impartially evaluated the merits of each individual request.

Because we hope to support as many worthwhile causes as possible, the Board will only consider one request per year from any given charity.

 

Areas for Exclusion

The Foundation does not support the following types of organizations: political parties or candidates, religious groups promoting specific doctrines, and/or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age or religion. Nor do we assist sports teams, beauty contests, conferences, media productions or any other for-profit ventures.

True to our commitment to the greater St. Louis region, we decline to aid specific individuals or international organizations.

Geographic Focus

We fund programs operating within the United States, preferring those that focus on the Greater St. Louis Area.