Invest STL, in consultation with community partners and neighborhood leaders, developed a fund to support neighborhoods that stand to be the hardest hit by the pandemic and efforts to slow its spread.
The fund focuses on areas that are most vulnerable to economic, social and service delivery setbacks exacerbated by COVID-19. Neighborhoods and areas in St. Louis County, St. Louis City and East St. Louis are being prioritized for Neighborhood Solidarity funding based on socioeconomic indicators including race and household economics. You can view eligible neighborhoods using the Neighborhood Solidarity Fund Focus Area Map.
The Neighborhood Solidarity Fund seeks to expedite the recovery period in these areas by bolstering the human, organizational and economic infrastructure at the neighborhood level and includes three separate opportunities: the Neighborhood Innovations in Connectivity grant, the Community Development Corporations (CDC) Stability grant and the Neighborhood Small Business Lift grant. The applications for the Neighborhood Solidarity Fund opportunities are closed.
Invest STL has partnered with St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), Community Builder Network (CBN), The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Small Business Empowerment Center (SBEC) Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), and Purpose First Advisors to assist with outreach, reviewing applications and providing technical assistance to grantees.
The Neighborhood Solidarity Fund was generously supported by Commerce Bank and members of the St. Louis Metro CRA Association, Dowd Bennett, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.