The Grow St. Louis program continues to be a huge success. Hundreds of local non-profit organizations have participated. Thousands of people have voted to show their support. Below you can learn about past winners and how they plan to use the Grow St. Louis prize money.

Round 5 Winners: Spring 2013

Pianos for People

The mission of Pianos for People is to put out-of-work pianos into homes and facilities where lives can change through the influence of music. They plan to use the $20,000 Grow St. Louis grant to acquire and repair even more used pianos and deliver them to needy families and individuals across metro St. Louis. This includes shelters, community centers and schools with little or no budget for music.

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Marine Toys for Tots

Marine Toys for Tots, located in East St. Louis, collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children in communities where a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. They plan to use the $20,000 Grow St. Louis grant to purchase new toys for needy children in the East St. Louis metro area.

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Mastodon Fair

Mastodon Fair supports k-12th grade students, teachers and parents reach the goal of submitting creative and innovative science and art projects at the annual regional competition held each March at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. They plan to use the $20,000 Grow St. Louis grant to provide awards, scholarships, consumable supplies and operational costs for students.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

The St. John’s “mission garden” was developed to provide vegetables to low income families in Edwardsville and communities in the Metro East. St. John’s also uses the mission garden as an educational tool about good nutrition. They plan to use the $20,000 Grow St. Louis grant to buy new inputs and equipment for the mission garden.

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Animal Protective Association of Missouri

The Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri brings people and pets together, advances humane education and creates programs to benefit animals. The APA cares for 10,000 animals through its open-admission shelter annually. They plan to use the $20,000 Grow St. Louis grant to upgrade their large-dog kennels from metal rods to glass panels to help their bigger pups get adopted faster.

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Round 4 Winners: Summer 2012

Promise Christian Academy

Promise Christian Academy, located in Chesterfield, Mo., plans to use the funds to improve the educational experience of their students by purchasing promethean boards, LCD touch-sensitive whiteboards with integrated sound systems, for each of its classrooms. Promethean boards will improve the school’s ability to customize learning for each of its students.

Promise Christian Academy is a school for children with learning disabilities focused on improving students’ cognitive and problem solving abilities, as well as the life skills of its students. Teachers and therapists at Promise partner with parents in searching for ways to enrich and cultivate children using a multi-sensory approach to learning.

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Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Tenth Life Cat Rescue, based in south St. Louis in the Fox Park neighborhood, will use the grant money to begin construction on their cat shelter, creating a safe haven for more than 125 cats. The construction will restore the historic facade of their shelter, while also making improvements that will improve the look of Jefferson Avenue.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue is dedicated to decreasing regional euthanasia rates, combating pet overpopulation, and providing community education by saving stray cats and kittens and placing them in loving homes.

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Lemay Child and Family Center

Lemay Child and Family Center, located in Lemay, Mo., is a childcare center that serves more than 200 children by providing infant-toddler care, preschool, before and after-school care and full-day camp for school-aged children. The majority of families served are working families who benefit from the extensive scholarship program the center offers to help make high-quality childcare and related services affordable for all families.

Lemay Child and Family Center will utilize the $15,000 grant to help fund its new outdoor learning center. The outdoor learning center will support curriculum, which emphasizes hands-on learning and will provide children with daily opportunities for exercise and exploration.

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Round 3 Winners: Spring 2012

House Rabbit Society of Missouri

House Rabbit Society of Missouri is a non-profit, 100 percent volunteer organization, helping more than 30 different animal shelters in the St. Louis metro and metro-east areas for nearly 15 years.

The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be put towards furthering their overall mission, which is to help community shelters, help abandoned pet rabbits, and improve overall public education.

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Wentzville Special Sports (Special Olympics)

Wentzville Special Sports is an athletic program through the Wentzville School District for current students and alumni with special needs. The program offers participants the opportunity to have fun while developing physical fitness and demonstrating courage.

The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be used to buy better uniforms and equipment, and provide transportation for the athletes involved in the program.

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Five Acres Animal Shelter

Five Acres Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter based in St. Charles County. Their mission is to end pet homelessness, promote responsible pet ownership, and advocate for animal welfare.

The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be put towards their “Special Veterinary Needs” program, which assists animals in need of immediate medical care.

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Round 2 Winners: Winter 2011-2012

St. Louis Modern Chinese School

St. Louis Modern Chinese School’s mission is to provide a nurturing avenue for students of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to learn the Chinese language and share Chinese culture.

The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be put toward a series of seminars and interactive programs that teach and promote Chinese language, arts and culture to enhance and broaden cross-cultural harmony in the community.

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Gateway Pet Guardians

Gateway Pet Guardians is a nonprofit, virtual animal shelter that rescues stray dogs and cats in and around the East St. Louis, Illinois and St. Louis metro area.

One of the most vital parts of the mission of Gateway Pet Guardians is to increase the awareness of responsible pet ownership and animal advocacy in the Metro East. The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be used to further that mission and reach out to at-risk youth to develop their leadership skills and help them become animal advocates in their own communities.

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Southwestern High School FFA Chapter

Southwestern High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter is committed to helping develop the future of the agriculture industry through education.

The funds from the Grow St. Louis contest will be used to turn unused land around the school’s greenhouse into a learning laboratory. This new project is dedicated to informing the public about sustainable agriculture through hands-on activities.

Round 1 Winners: Fall 2011

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue of St. Louis has been going into city neighborhoods for years and rescuing the abused, tortured and neglected dogs and cats. Operating solely on donations and compassion, Stray Rescue has hundreds of loyal volunteers who care for these animals, often times showing these animals their first encounter with human kindness. Not only does Stray Rescue pick up defenseless animals, they also rehabilitate the animals back to good health and adopt them into loving homes.

This award money will be used to finish a shelter renovation, be put into the Strack's Fund, which was set up to cover medical expenses for the animals, and for needed supplies.

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Act II Community Theater

ACTII Community Theater is a totally volunteer organization that has been offering live theater to the public of the St. Louis area for 18 years. It is their mission to use the stage for teaching, learning, growing and directing the community spirit that only the experience of live community theater can provide. It is their intention to continue to promote community and social knowledge of participation in theatrical performing arts and all matters relating to the preparation and presentation of theater activities.

These funds will be used to offer St. Louis the most relevant shows for each season, as well as allow for better costuming, set construction and design.

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Mascoutah Little Indians Youth Football Program

The Mascoutah Little Indians Youth Football Program is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation. The program teaches children ages 5-14 the game of football. Its purpose is to promote the game of football; to inspire children to practice good health, citizenship and character; to bring area children together through the means of a common interest in sportsmanship, fair play and fellowship. In only its third season, the program has 370 participants. The Little Indians host more than 40 home games each season, bringing 3,500 to 4,000 visitors to the town of Mascoutah, Illinois.

The Little Indians will use the money to build a permanent game field. The city has already set aside ground for the “Field of Dreams,” and building it will be an all-volunteer effort. The City of Mascoutah and the Little Indians intend to build a facility that will serve the community for generations to come.

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