St. Louis Regional Census Fund (Request for Proposals)

St. Louis Regional Census Fund (Request for Proposals)

The U.S. Census provides an official count of the United States’ population and information about important demographic changes over a 10-year period. This data is used to ensure states are being fairly represented, both in the allotment of federal dollars and the number of congressional districts. The federal funds driven by census estimates go toward numerous programs aimed at helping underserved communities.

Low participation in the 2020 Census could have substantial negative consequences for our state. Achieving a complete count will already be a challenge for the St. Louis region, with 43 percent of the population living in hard-to-count communities during the 2010 Census. Households most at risk of being undercounted include those who are low-income, renters, people of color, immigrants, and have young children.

This grant application is to the Census Funders Group, a pooled fund of approximately $350,000 managed by the St. Louis Community Foundation. These funds will be used to provide grant support for trusted community-based organizations, centralized and culturally-relevant communications and training, and other proven activities to increase participation in hard-to-count communities.  Awardees will be notified in November.

The collaborative plans to support coordinated efforts that:

  • Decrease undercounts and increase overall participation in the 2020 Census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count communities
  • Reduce real and perceived barriers to census participation across the eight Missouri counties of the St. Louis region (St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Warren, and Washington)
  • Increase availability of culturally responsive and accurate census information to traditionally undercounted communities
  • Increase awareness of the negative consequences of a census undercount on typically underrepresented communities
  •  Build the capacity of traditionally undercounted communities to engage in the 2020 Census

See the full RFP for a list of potential activities.

Click here to download the full RFP.

Proposals must be completed and submitted online by midnight on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The application may be found HERE. Technical assistance with the online application, however, will not be available after 3 p.m. on October 15.

The Census 2020 Funders Group will hold an Information Session for interested organizations:
Friday, September 20, 2019
2 – 4 p.m.
Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, 1000 N. Vandeventer, St. Louis MO  63113
RSVP here.

For questions about the St. Louis Regional Census Fund and this Request for Proposals, please contact:

Elizabeth George
Director of Community Investment
St. Louis Community Foundation
(314) 880-4956

Alexandra (Alex) Rankin, JD
Government Affairs Manager
Missouri Foundation for Health
(314) 345-5571