NEW! As of May 2023, Marillac Mission Fund is only accepting applications from existing grantees in the Veterans Focus Area.

Intended for community-based nonprofit organizations that offer support and services to US Veterans and their families. Funding priority is given to programs serving veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.

Understanding the Need & Marillac Mission Fund’s Response

As of 2020, there are an estimated 181,000 veterans in the St. Louis region. Veterans go through a profound cultural shift when transitioning from military to civilian life, including struggling with their identity and purpose in society. As veterans leave the military, they return to a less familiar civilian culture in which they must make their own decisions, find new jobs, renegotiate relationships, and engage with those at home who often cannot relate to what they experienced while in the military. Though many organizations exist to serve this population, Marillac Mission Fund has identified the following key needs for veterans returning to the St. Louis region: Mental Health, Sense of Purpose and Connection, Legal Services, and Family Support.   

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