Funding Priorities


The Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation is dedicated to promoting change by supporting organizations that improve quality of life and help individuals to fulfill their potential.  The Foundation is grounded in a Judeo-Christian framework and values ecumenical endeavors. The Foundation particularly supports programs that work to break down cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and identity barriers.

The Roblee Foundation, established in 1971, is based in St. Louis, and accepts applications for grants in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri and Miami-Dade in Florida. However, grants may be made in other geographic areas of special interest to the Board.

Most grants range from $3,000-$20,000. 

To strengthen families through:
•    Parenting education
•    Family support programs
•    Advancing the rights of and encourage services for alternative-model families 

To empower women through:
•    Reproductive freedom
•    Prevention of violence, abuse, and poverty
•    Economic independence 

To support children and youth programs that:
•    Provide early childhood services
•    Prevent and/or address: 
      Teen pregnancy
      Substance abuse
      Violence and abuse
•    Improve the foster care system
•    Protect and support LGBTQ youth
•    Provide professional development for child care providers

To improve education through:
•    Supporting systemic change
•    Teacher training & recruitment
•    Elevating the status of teaching
•    Addressing achievement gap
•    Assuring children enter elementary school ready to learn
•    Developing the love of learning 

To support and promote community through:
•    Promoting understanding, cooperation and respect between different cultures, ethnic/racial groups, religions, and   sexual orientations.
•    Developing leadership and civic responsibility
•    Supporting community initiatives
•    Promoting access to healthy food and nutrition education
•    Preventing human trafficking and providing support services for victims

The Foundation accepts proposals for the following types of support: 
•    Project and program funds.  (We have traditionally emphasized programs that support advocacy, prevention, systemic improvements, but we will support treatment and crisis intervention when the approach is innovative or there is an unusual need.)
•    Capacity building and technical assistance
•    Startup funds and planning grants
•    Policy development and advocacy
•    Scholarship programs
•    Capital and endowment campaigns  

The foundation does not award grants to individuals.  Unsolicited proposals for support of the arts, medical research, environmental concerns, or other projects outside the above stated program areas or geographic regions will not be considered. 

First time applicants to the foundation are  required to call foundation staff (314-963-7713) to explore the project’s funding potential. For details about our application procedures click here. 

*All materials should be sent via e-mail
The Roblee Foundation has two funding cycles per year.  Application deadlines for each cycle are:  

  •  January 5 (Grants to be awarded in June or early July)
  • June 15 (Grants to be awarded in December)