How We Help
How We Help
Chiron Community Giving Foundation (CCGF) is a nonprofit organization designated as a private foundation. Its purpose is to provide opportunity, resources, and support for organizations that are aligned with CCGF’s mission, vision, and goals.
The work of CCGF is accomplished through the volunteerism of its Board of Directors and its Advisory Team. In addition, the work is supported by paid consultants who oversee the day-to-day operations of CCGF and staff many of the funded projects.
Beginning in 2024, all grant programs require an invitation from CCGF in order to apply.
Previously, Aya Mini-Grants were offered to organizations whose activities aligned with CCGF priorities to apply for up to $5,000 to cover unexpected expenses related to existing programs or services that seek to increase access to high-quality, affordable mental healthcare. The focus of this program will change in 2024; please check back for more information in the coming year.
Aya (pronounced as “eye–ah”) is a West African symbol that means “fern” in Twi, an African language, and represents strength, endurance, resourcefulness, independence, and defiance against oppression. Aya is also part of Adinkra, visual symbols linked to the (former) Gyaman kingdom (Côte d’Ivoire) and Ashanti culture (Ghana).
In addition to providing monetary grants to selected organizations, Chiron Community Giving Foundation provides support to grantees through capacity-building training. The Foundation uses the following definition of “capacity-building”:
Capacity-building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity-building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization. (Chandler, J. & Kennedy, K.S., 2015)
The Foundation’s Capacity-Building grant program accepts funding applications from invited eligible organizations seeking to ready themselves to successfully apply for and implement a Promising Project grant application. This program was initially developed (2019 – 2022) by the funders and their advisors through a donor advised fund held at the St. Louis Community Foundation. Selected organizations receive funding to support work with qualified consultants, access professional data analysis services, and participate in no-cost training provided by Foundation consultants and volunteers.
Chandler, J. & Kennedy, K.S. (2015.) A Network Approach to Capacity Building, Washington, D.C.: National Council on Nonprofits.
Promising Project Grants
The Foundation’s Promising Project grant program invites a highly selective group of organizations the opportunity to seek funding for projects that increase access to high-quality, affordable mental healthcare for the most vulnerable St. Louisans. This program was developed and piloted (2019 – 2022) by the funders and their advisors through a donor advised fund held at the St. Louis Community Foundation.
The Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Program is an ongoing program originally begun in 2019 through a donor-advised fund held at the St. Louis Community Foundation. In the future, the program will consist of the following activities: 1) provision of some amount of operating support to prior Promising Project grantees; 2) grantmaking consistent with the vision, mission, purpose, and goals of the Foundation that does not fall within the other three grantmaking programs of the Foundation; 3) a grantmaking program guided by older-generation Foundation board members and advisors that teaches the younger-generation board directors about grants management and due diligence principles.