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Regional Business Council invites applications for ‘Big Impact Grants’


ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Regional Business Council is accepting applications for the It’s Our Region Fund’s Small Change – Big Impact Grants, a philanthropic initiative that aims to improve the region’s quality of life.

“This fund was created to focus attention on the many small nonprofits that provide a range of services but have great capital needs,” said Kathy Osborn, executive director of the Regional Business Council. “We’ve also helped to fund community projects and over the past three years of the fund, we’ve seen a tremendous positive impact for the populations served.”

Applications will be accepted until June 17. The Small Change-Big Impact grants support one-time capital improvement projects in the $1,000 to $10,000 range for non-profits, community agencies and municipalities.

These smaller projects are often difficult for agencies and communities to fund. While they may seem small, the projects truly make a difference because they are typically at places used and appreciated by many people every day.

Twenty-four projects were selected to receive funding in 2015, including the Affton Christian Food Pantry, Carver Elementary School, Gateway Greening, Humanitri, LOVEtheLOU, National Society of Black Engineers, Phoenix Crisis Center, The Biome School, and Violence Prevention of Southwestern Illinois.

Interested groups and municipalities must submit an application describing the desired capital project and the anticipated budget. A committee of RBC members will evaluate proposals to select winning projects. To review the It’s Our Region Fund guidelines and complete an application, visit

The RBC plans to award $100,000 in grants, depending upon the breadth, quality and diversity of the project requests. Winning recipients will be announced by Oct. 1.

Most of these organizations have no other source of funds to implement critically needed capital improvements to adequately serve their respective populations. However, in some cases, preference may be given to projects with funding from other sources that can be matched with the It’s Our Region Fund’s commitment.

Applications are encouraged from all 16 metropolitan counties.

About the Regional Business Council

Founded in 2000, the RBC is a consortium of presidents and CEOs from 100 of the region’s largest companies. The RBC is dedicated to enhancing the growth and quality of life in the St. Louis region. The RBC collectively represents 1.1 million total employees and $200 billion in 2010 revenues companywide; and 120,000 total employees in the St. Louis region with $63 billion in 2010 revenues in the St. Louis region. RBC member companies employ 16 percent of the regional workforce. The mission of the RBC is to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic initiatives for the betterment of the 16-county St. Louis region.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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