It’s Our Region Fund


The RBC donated a sunflower sculpture to the St. Charles County Arts Council. The Council supports arts education and public art in St. Charles County.

Small Change, Big Impact Grant Program                                                                                                                     


The RBC’s overall mission is to make St. Louis a better place to live and work.  The It’s Our Region Fund is a strategy to do just that by contributing to capital improvement projects that enhance the quality of daily life, leave a lasting legacy by spreading tangible acts of good will throughout the region, and demonstrate the value of corporate collective action. 

The goal of the Small Change-Big Impact grants is to support one-time capital improvement projects that may seem small but have a big impact because they are in places used and appreciated by so many people every day.  Grants are given to non-profits and community agencies for projects under $10,000, as these are often the most difficult for smaller agencies to fund.             

Last year, we received applications from 160 worthy organizations.  We selected twenty awardees that represented a wide range of diverse and meaningful projects throughout the region, each of which received a share of $111,000 in grants.  Most of these organizations had no other source of funds to implement critically needed capital improvements to serve their respective populations.

We are genuinely thrilled that so many organizations applied for funding in the first year.  The winning projects had an immediate impact on the lives of many people, and it’s been gratifying and inspiring to see these projects come to fruition.

Projects selected ranged from the Affton Christian Food Pantry, receiving $4,000 for new refrigerators as they were turning away donations of food due to lack of adequate storage, to the KIPP Charter Middle School, receiving $10,000 to provide mats for gym walls and other safety improvements, and Friends of Luca Park, receiving $8,000 for irrigation and landscaping in the downtown St. Louis park. Below is the complete list of 2012 It’s Our Region Fund recipients.

Because of the success of the funding, as well as growing corporate spirit to collectively work together for the betterment of our community, we are pleased to offer this funding opportunity again. The 2013 winners will be announced no later than November 1.





Affton Christian Food Pantry

South St. Louis County

Provides food and assistance to those in need

4 refrigerators as agency is currently having to turn away food donations due to lack of space


Angels’ Arms

West St. Louis County

Foster care for sibling groups

Replace the roof on one of the foster homes


Central Institute for the Deaf

Central West End, St. Louis

School for children with hearing disabilities

Fund upgrades to playground


Charles Gravius Library

Madison County, IL

Library outside a tax district in Metro East

Repair cracked and dangerous sidewalk outside library


City of Cool Valley

North St. Louis County

North County Municipality, population 1,196

Community garden to bring youth and seniors together


Contemporary Art Museum

Grand Center District, St. Louis

Arts education initiatives for inner city students

portable sound system and electronic projection screen to be used in education programs


Craft Alliance

Delmar Loop

Provides arts education to the community

Replace computer server and purchase outdated desktop computers


Friends of Lucas Park

Downtown St. Louis

Guardians of Lucas Park next to Central Library

New irrigation and landscaping in park



South St. Louis City

High performing charter middle school

Mats to cover gym walls and construction of handicapped accessible ramp


Magic House


St. Louis children’s museum

Creation of a quiet room for children


Memory Care Home Solutions

Richmond Heights

In-home care  and support for Alzheimer’s patients

Assistive devices for in-home use


Northside Community Housing

The Ville, North St. Louis City

Safe and decent housing for low income families

Community garden to provide healthy food for residents


Old North Restoration Group

Old North, St. Louis

Neighborhood association for historic Old North neighborhood

Creation of multi-purpose outdoor community space


Our Lady’s Inn

South St. Louis City

Shelter for homeless pregnant women and their children

Used van to transport residents and assist with moving into permanent housing


Our Little Haven

Central West End, St. Louis

Services for children suffering from trauma

Kitchen renovation for pre-school


Shalom House

Central West End, St. Louis

Shelter for homeless women

Beds, dressers, and mattresses


Shaw Place Association

South St. Louis City

Neighborhood association for Shaw Place

Landscaping along highway exit ramp


St. Charles County Arts Council

St. Charles County

Supports arts education and public art in St. Charles County

Sunflower sculpture in public garden for St. Charles residents


St. Louis F.O.R.C.E. Athleticz

North County

Competitive basketball program for girls

Basketballs, uniforms, first aid equipment, and instructional aids


Urban Harvest

Downtown St. Louis

Community gardens to produce healthy food for low income families

Rooftop community garden