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Women's Commission Grants

Saint Louis University's Women's Commission offers multiple opportunities to fund leadership, professional development and community impact projects. 

Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant

Through a competitive grant funding process, the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant will help financially support individual leadership development opportunities and community impact projects that advance women.


In 2016, the Saint Louis University Women's Commission established the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant with initial endowed support from an anonymous Women's Commission member and Woman of the Year award winner in 1994.

The purpose of the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant is to support the mission of the Women's Commission, which is to educate, enrich, and empower the women of Saint Louis University by providing funding to connect women with opportunities that foster their personal and professional development.

Giving Criteria

The Women's Commission has an interest in funding projects, programs, and leadership opportunities that promote the interests, issues, and concerns of the women at Saint Louis University in two strategic areas:

  1. Individual Leadership Development
  2. Community Impact for the Advancement of Women

Awards are based on the following selection criteria:

  • Alignment with the mission and strategic direction of the Women's Commission
  • Impact of the project, program, or leadership opportunity for the individual or on the community
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Validity of proposed budget and budget narrative
  • Quality of written proposal
  • Women's Commission's budget

The Women's Commission Endowment Committee will review all applications for funding. The committee's recommendations are subject to final approval by the Women's Commission Executive Board.


All members of the Saint Louis University community, with the exception of students graduating in the current academic year, are welcome to apply. Members include any Saint Louis University student, faculty or staff member.

Award Amount

The Women's Commission intends to fund at least one project annually. Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and according to the amount of funds available. Applicants may submit an application for grant funding annually; however Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants are single year awards only. Multi-year funding commitments will not be awarded.

In the past, the Women's Commission funded individual requests in the range of $500 to $1,000. This range can be used as a general guideline for your funding request; however, the amount that you request is at your discretion and should reflect an amount suitable to make an impact on your project or program.

Grant Process and Timeline

Download the grant application and submit it electronically to An applicant may submit only one proposal per fiscal year. Email subject fields should read "First and Last Name: Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant." Include a copy of your resume or CV.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Should Jan. 31 fall on a weekend, proposals are due the following business day. 

Community Impact for the Advancement of Women Application

Individual Leadership Development Application

Grant Recipient's Obligations

Submit a written report at the conclusion of the grant period, June 30 of the year the work is completed, which provides a status of the project/program, measures success and impact based on details outlined in the grant application, and gives an accounting of the project budget.

Present an overview of the funded project, program or leadership opportunity, along with its outcomes and impact to the executive board.

Attend the Women of the Year Luncheon to be recognized for receiving the grant and attend the following year to be recognized for completion of the grant requirements

Willingness to promote the award, including, but not limited to, photos, interviews or social media posts.

Acknowledge funding support by Women's Commission in written materials pertaining to the project/program and during presentations on the project/program.

Terms and Conditions

Grant recipient agrees to allow the Women's Commission to publicize her name, award amount, and description of her funded project, initiative, or leadership opportunity.

In performing any activities reasonably related to a sponsored project, all parties shall comply with all applicable provisions of federal, state, and local laws; rules; and Saint Louis University policies and regulations in effect at the time of such activities.

The applicants must identify whether projects include the use of human subjects, animals, hazardous materials, etc. In the event an award is made, the applicant must have the appropriate committee approval(s), e.g., Institutional Review Board (IRB), Animal Care Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, etc., prior to the start of the project.

This grant application solicitation and any proposal submitted in response does not authorize applicants submitting proposals to proceed with any work nor make any financial commitments until awards have been formally announced in writing.

The Women's Commission reserves the right to:

  • award funding to one or more applicants
  • not grant an award
  • cancel the proposal solicitation
  • conduct discussions or negotiations with any or all candidates submitting proposals

The grants awarded are based on the availability of funds and the applicant's individual needs.

Leadership Development

The Individual Leadership Development Grant offers funding to women of the Saint Louis University community in an effort to support them in pursuit of leadership development and career advancement opportunities. 

Community Impact

The Community Impact for the Advancement of Women Grant focuses on projects that exhibit a strong commitment to serve groups of women within the community, particularly projects that demonstrate a high level of stakeholder impact. Examples of benefits of such projects include: 

  • Advancing educational or career opportunities for women
  • Helping women overcome challenges, barriers, or inequity
  • Providing resources that will improve the quality of life