Frequently Asked Questions

A: Pillar Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) non-profits within prescribed areas of interest (see next question for more information on areas of interest). Eligible organizations must have a specific program or project that addresses a demonstrated need and that is supported by substantial evidence and guided by a written plan. Pillar Grants are not made for capital campaigns or solely for general operation support but are meant to support a new or existing project or program. For new programming, the program must be up and running by June 30, 2019, to be eligible for Pillar Grant funding.

A: Each year, Buckingham plans to award five to seven Pillar Grants of up to $10,000 each.

A: With so many organizations doing so much admirable work in the communities we call home, we wanted to bring a bit of focus to our effort when awarding Buckingham Strategic Wealth Pillar Grants this year.

The Buckingham Pillar Grant program will recognize organizations whose primary objective is to create a safer, inclusive and more respectful community by working to reduce or eliminate racism and promote equality.

These Pillar Grants will support qualified programs and projects that focus on eliminating discrimination based on race in schools, workplaces and in the community, including those that provide training and education to law enforcement, educators and other service-oriented individuals.

A: To make the greatest impact in the cities our associates call home, organizations submitting applications must be headquartered in the greater metropolitan areas of the cities where Buckingham has an office.

A: Religious organizations are not prohibited from applying for a Buckingham Pillar Grant, though the organization must be seeking funding that is not focused on advancing the needs of only a particular faith tradition. Instead, the grant needs to support wider community programming that is open to persons of all faiths.

A: Interested applicants must fill in the customizable fields on the PDF document located for download on the Pillar Grants web page. Handwritten or otherwise altered document formats will not be accepted. Once completed, please email your application and any documentation to

A: Deadlines for the next Pillar Grant cycle will be announced in early 2021.

A: Recipients will be contacted by phone, and a list will be posted on our website,, by mid-December each year.

A: Funds will be distributed at a time mutually agreed upon between Buckingham and the organization. New program grants will be funded based upon verification the program is about to or has commenced.

A: Email ( is the preferred method of communication for application questions and related inquiries and will elicit the fastest response. In addition, you can call 314-783-2927, but all messages will be sent to the Pillar Grant general voicemail. Calls will be returned as soon as possible. In both emails and phone calls, please be sure to state the name of the organization, the contact number and appropriate email so that we may reply.

A: Grant recipients will be asked to share their organization’s mission and plans for using the funds at a luncheon with our associates. In addition, when possible, we ask you let us know of additional volunteer opportunities so that we may continue to engage your organization.

Please note: these FAQs may be updated to reflect additional information, so please check back before submitting your proposal.