Investing in Today’s Generation

The Kemp Foundation makes education-based grants with the goal of helping a number of people primarily in the Greater Saint Louis Area such as veterans, the disabled, disadvantaged and others. It plans to grow and expand both the grant programs as well as the people served so that the Kemp Foundation becomes a strong long-term asset for the region.

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About Us

Faith-based Grants

Helping others discover God’s Word.

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Automobile history education

The evolution of European 20th century automotive design and engineering.

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Entrepreneurial & life-prep grants

For a better start or second chance.

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Other & special grants

Children & adults learning to live with difficulties, music, research and other grants

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Our History

Fred M. Kemp II – Founder

2002 – 2004   Fred M. Kemp II was the founder of the Kemp Foundation.  A successful architect and home builder in the St. Louis area, he wanted to give back to the community which was so rewarding to him.  An avid antique automobile collector, Mr. Kemp initially formed the foundation ‘to be instructive as to the evolution of European 20th century automotive design and engineering and its impact on the design and engineering on the worldwide automotive industry’.  To that end, a museum was planned to showcase his collection.

2004 – 2015   Unfortunately, Mr. Kemp died on July 1, 2004, nine months before the museum opened.  His son, Fred M. Kemp III, continued the museum’s construction and opened the facility in Chesterfield, Missouri on April 1, 2005.  Over the subsequent ten-year period, the Kemp Auto Museum and automobile collection inside had made a significant mark in the St. Louis Metro area and the Midwest Region with over 800 events.  Several of these included national exposure such as Albert Pujol’s charity and certain nationally covered politicians and speakers.  The relationship with local, regional and national auto enthusiasts was also developed via car shows, conventions, club meetings and as well as public events such as Big Truck Day – a big hit with the kids.  Due to a number of factors, however, the museum was not sustainable at the Chesterfield location.  As a result, the property was sold as well as most of the automobile collection.

2016 – Present   After the closing of the Kemp Auto Museum, the mission of the Kemp Foundation has been expanded tremendously and is no longer limited to automobile history.  An investment fund has been established for the purpose of making educational, entrepreneurship and empowerment grants.  Based on these purposes, grants are made by the Kemp Foundation Board of Directors to provide – in general – the most impact to the greatest number of recipients as the Board may determine.  These grants are given to other nonprofit entities that, in turn, will utilize the grants consistent with the specific grant authorization.  The result is an ongoing fund that is hoped to last for generations and benefit the St. Louis Community in the name of Fred M. Kemp II.

Kemp Foundation Grant Recipients