FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE JOSEPH H. & FLORENCE A. ROBLEE FOUNDATION


Who are we?
The Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation is dedicated to promoting change by supporting organizations that address significant social issues, improve quality of life, and help individuals fulfill their potential. For information, please see our about us page.

How does one apply for funding?
Please see the following link: applying.

What type of grants do we make?
The Foundation particularly supports programs which work to break down cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual barriers. It supports projects designed to elevate children as a societal priority. For information, please see the following link: applying.

Where do we fund?
The Roblee Foundation, established in 1971, is based in St. Louis, and accepts applications for grants in the greater St. Louis and Miami areas. Although grants may be made in other areas of special interest to the board, unsolicited proposals from outside the Foundation’s geographic focus areas will not be considered.

What size are our grants?
Most grants range from $1,000-$15,000. In special circumstances, grants may be made up to $30,000 in one year.

What are some frequent mistakes & omissions made by organizations seeking funding?
Proposal Summary is not signed by executive director or board chair. Financial Overview figures on Proposal Summary are inconsistent with audit. Full & current budget and income & expenses are not included.


What if the deadline for submitting proposals falls on a weekend or holiday?

Proposals postmarked on the next business day will be accepted.

Should I hand deliver or overnight mail my proposal to be certain it makes the deadline?
The deadline date is based on the postmark. If your proposal is postmarked on or before the deadline, it will be accepted.


Our program is a great fit with the Foundation’s program focus areas but we are not in the Foundation’s geographic focus areas. Can we apply for funding?

Unsolicited proposals from outside the Foundation’s geographic focus areas will not be considered.


The proposal summary form and the proposal narrative seem very repetitive. Are both required? Is it acceptable to use the same wording?

The proposal summary and the proposal narrative are two distinct documents. The full Foundation board receives the proposal summaries and they are used to determinate which proposals will be fully considered. A clear and compelling proposal summary is very important.

The proposal narrative provides the opportunity to provide greater detail. It is important that the narrative and the proposal summary be consistent, and completely acceptable to use some of the same wording.


When will we hear whether our proposal will receive funding?

Grants for proposals submitted for the January 15 deadline are typically awarded in late June or early July. Grants for proposals submitted for the June 15 deadline are typically awarded by December 31.