Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund and what will it do?
The Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund (Bridgeton Fund) was established in July 2018 with $12.5 million from a legal settlement between the State of Missouri and Republic Services, Allied Services, and Bridgeton Landfill, LLC. The Fund will provide grants to support initiatives that contribute to the betterment of the environment, health, and safety of the communities within that area.
- Access to health care
- Mental health and substance abuse
- Community greening and gardening
- Public safety
- Support for community-based organizations
How were these initiative areas determined?
The St. Louis Community Foundation gathered input from community members, through more than 35 one-on-one and small group meetings with approximately 80 people and four focus groups with more than 20 organizations. Through these meetings, the areas of physical health, behavioral health, community greening, and public safety consistently were noted as needs in the community. In addition, the Community Foundation team reviewed data from the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Children’s Services Fund, researched demographics, and reviewed a number of studies and reports on the Landfill and the impacted area.
The Community Foundation then held four community meetings open to any concerned individual or group at which these initiative areas, as well as others, were vetted further. The funding initiatives reflect the results of this community needs assessment.
When will the St. Louis Community Foundation make grants?
The St. Louis Community Foundation issued a first round of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the Fund in first quarter 2019, with decisions announced in the second quarter. Additional grant rounds will take place in Fall 2019 and in 2020.
Larger projects will take longer to design and develop. RFPs will be rolled out as the projects are finalized.
The settlement requires that the Fund be obligated within four years, thus all funding will be committed by July 2022.
Who will be deciding on the grant recipients?
The St. Louis Community Foundation has convened a committee to provide input into the grant making process. The Committee is comprised of members of the St. Louis Community Foundation Board, resident and business representatives of the impacted area, and other members of the philanthropic community. Though the Committee will make recommendations regarding grants, final funding decisions will be made by the St. Louis Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
What is the four-mile radius from the Bridgeton Landfill?
The settlement specifically states that “the funds must be used for the communities affected by the subsurface reaction, including Saint Louis County, Saint Louis City, and Saint Charles County, provided, however, that priority shall be given to funding projects and initiatives that are located within, or which shall primarily impact or benefit persons located within, a four mile radius of the Bridgeton Landfill.”
Our focus is on funding initiatives and projects that will physically be within the four-mile radius and/or those that will positively impact people living and/or working within that four-mile radius.
Please click here to see a map of the priority area for funding.
Can any nonprofit apply? Does the nonprofit have to be located in the four-mile radius?
Any nonprofit that is a 501(c)3 that meets the requirements outlined in the RFPs may apply for funding from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund. The nonprofit does not have to exist within the four-mile radius, though the project or initiative must be located within or serving the people who live and/or work within the four-mile radius.
The Community –based organization grants are limited to organizations both located in and serving people within the four-mile radius.
Can the State of Missouri apply for funding from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund?Per the Settlement, the Fund may not be used to support financially any project or initiative created or funded and controlled by the State of Missouri. The Fund, however, may be used to contribute to an environmental cleanup project explicitly authorized by Missouri law.
Nonprofits that receive funding from the State of Missouri, including school districts, may apply.
How will the community be updated on the progress and impact of grants made through the Fund?Information about the Fund, including requests for proposals, updates, grant awards, and other appropriate information, may be found on The Community Foundation website. In addition, St. Louis Community Foundation staff will be available to answer questions or attend community meetings, as appropriate. Questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be directed to the correct person or you may call 314.588.8200 and ask for Elizabeth George, Maria Bradford, or Neosha Franklin (media and communications queries).
Can the Bridgeton Fund buy out my house so that I can relocate?
The Consent Agreement (settlement) does not allow distributions from the fund to be made to an individual nor to be used for the acquisition or buyout, directly or indirectly, of any interest in real property. To review the settlement, please visit the Office of the Missouri Attorney General’s website.
What is the St. Louis Community Foundation?
The St. Louis Community Foundation promotes and inspires charitable giving, nurtures a thriving region, and enriches the lives of all our region’s people. We are a 100-year old 501(c)3 charitable organization that brings community assets to meet community needs. In 2018 we made over 5,800 grants totaling close to $85 million. Our team has over 100 years of experience developing and implementing funding initiatives.