St. Louis Violence Mini Grants

In Michael Brown’s memory, HomeGrown StL My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) Leadership Circle Initiative has been working with our network partners to support 30-40 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-25 to submit applications to the Saint Louis Violence Prevention Commission “It Starts With Us: STLVPC Mini Grant Application.” Our HomeGrown StL MBK Leadership Circle conducts workshops at the end of every month to provide network partners and their youth with a brief summary of our efforts to bring awareness and support submission of proposed projects. Between June and November of 2019, eight grants were submitted and  three were funded, for a total of $7,500 in funded projects.

  • Project Glow | Williams and Associates, Inc.
  • Project You Belong: Alive | Preferred Family Healthcare
  • STL CLEAN | North St. Louis Arts Council

Professional Development Grants

To support the professional development of providers of services for black boys and young men, HomeGrown STL instituted a professional development grant in the fall of 2016. Our grant covers registration fees for workshops and/or intensive trainings focused on strengthening skills in management, organizational capacity building, and practice. Awardees are selected on a competitive basis and must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be members of HomeGrown StL Network by completing our registry, with preference given to those who have attended two or more of our networking breakfast events
  • Agree to complete brief questionnaires for HomeGrown StL’s Professional Development Evaluation Study
  • Provide a brief letter of support from their supervisor

The HomeGrown StL Professional Development Grant has provided roughly $4,960 in funding to support the professional development of 54 service providers (13 cohorts) working in various capacities for organizations providing direct services to black boys and young men in roughly 35 St. Louis City neighborhoods and 20 municipalities in St. Louis County.

HomeGrown Black Males

A partnership between The St. Louis American and HomeGrown StL, HomeGrown Black Males is a series dedicated to sharing the voices and stories of Black boys and men living in the St. Louis region. Since its inception in August 2018, HomeGrown Black Males has shared 39 diverse stories, including topics of parenthood, leadership, and healing.Read these stories here.The series is edited by Sean Joe, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor and associate dean at the Brown School, and Chris King, managing editor of The American (under the guidance of the paper’s publisher and executive editor, Donald M. Suggs).