Grant Making of the L-A-D Foundation

Since 1962, the L-A-D Foundation has awarded more than $519,000 in grants to more than 80 non-profit and public interest organizations.

Each spring letters of inquiry are solicited from a large number of organizations with an interest in the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri Ozark region. Letters should not exceed two pages and should contain the following information: the organization's background and experience, a brief project description and goals, the amount of the request, and how the grant will be used. Generally, the deadline for these letters is sometime during the month of May each year. Preliminary applications are reviewed, and those organizations with project ideas of most interest are then asked to submit a more detailed proposal. Final grants are awarded near the end of each calendar year.

The L-A-D Foundation seeks innovative projects that may include environmental and conservation education, grassroots organizing, and new project-related grants, capitol support, seed money, and workshops. No requests for annual or operating support or support for social events or benefits are considered. Typically grants do not exceed $5,000 for any single year; a 12-month grant period is preferred, but multi-year projects may be considered. Applicants should have 501 ( c ) 3 tax exempt status or the equivalent.


For more information, or to apply, write to:
Chair of the Grants Committee
L-A-D Foundation
319 North 4th Street
Suite 805
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
Email: info@ladfoundation.org

2016 Grant Recipients
2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients
2012 Grant Recipients
2011 Grant Recipients
2010 Grant Recipients
2009 (no grants were issued)
2008 Grant Recipients
2007 Grant Recipients
2006 Grant Recipients

Past Projects Include

  • The Ozark Trail Association has put L-A-D Foundation grant monies to work by responding to much-needed, ongoing maintenance and construction requirements on portions of the Ozark Trail.
  • Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy volunteers continue ongoing work to clean up Goodwin Pit, a critical trash-filled sink hole feeding the subterranean watershed of Ha Ha Tonka Spring.
  • Show-Me-Missouri Back Country Horsemen used grant funds to publish a youth education booklet about trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles.
  • An L-A-D Foundation grant to the University of Missouri Press helped with publication expenses for the wonderfully-written and beautifully-illustrated book on Missouri's State Park System.