2nd Annual Marketplace of Ideas Community Funding Program

The Incarnate Word Foundation is excited to announce the second annual Marketplace of Ideas. The Marketplace of Ideas is a small grants community funding program sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation with the support of other local funders that aims to spur collaboration between community stakeholders, to uplift the community’s solutions to community problems, and to provide publicity to the richness of community activity in North St. Louis. The success of the 2011 pilot program encouraged the Incarnate Word Foundation to continue the Marketplace of Ideas as an annual funding program.

The Marketplace of Ideas is a competition that challenges grassroots organizations working in North St. Louis communities to propose a solution to a community need. The solution must involve a collaboration of at least two community stakeholders (nonprofit agencies, neighborhood groups, schools, religious groups, government agencies, etc…). Proposals will be reviewed and vetted by a panel of community judges that will select up to seven finalists. The finalists will then present their proposals to a panel of local funders, who will award additional funds to the projects with the potential to achieve the greatest community impact. All finalists will receive a cash award from the Incarnate Word Foundation and have the opportunity to receive additional cash awards from other local funders.

How to Apply

Submit applications by mail or e-mail to:

Incarnate Word Foundation
Marketplace of Ideas
5257 Shaw Ave., Ste. 309
St. Louis, MO 63110

E-mail: [email protected]

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact Margaret Eigsti at 314-773-5100 or[email protected].


  • April 11 – Information Session
    9:00-10:00 AM
    Vision for Children at Risk
    2433 N. Grand Blvd.
    Please RSVP to [email protected].
  • May 25 – Proposals due
  • June 8 – Finalists notified and invited to the Marketplace of Ideas Showcase
  • June/July TBA – Marketplace of Ideas Showcase: Finalist presentations

 2011 Marketplace of Ideas
A synopsis of last year’s Showcase can be viewed here.
Download descriptions of last year’s project submissions: (PDF)

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