The Fund’s Scope and Restrictions
- The terms of the settlement require that the Bridgeton Fund be used for community betterment in the areas of public health, public safety, and the environment for communities impacted by the subsurface smoldering event.
- Priority will be given to programs and projects within a four-mile radius from the Landfill.
- Grants may be made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations only.
- The St. Louis Community Foundation will disburse all funds within four years.
The settlement also specified some restrictions on the Fund. Specifically, the funds may NOT be used for the following:
- Payments to individuals
- Acquisition of any property
- Support of any type of legal proceeding
- Reimbursement or payment for any past expenses, damages, or losses incurred by any person
- Any project or initiative created or funded by the State of Missouri except that distributions to fund any environmental cleanup project explicitly authorized by Missouri law are permitted
Funding initiatives will fall into four areas:
- Physical Health
- Behavioral and Mental Health
- Public Safety
- Community Greening and Healthy Living
Initiatives may also overlay efforts targeting children, youth, and families and/or that address basic needs of the community (food insecurity, housing, transportation, etc.).
Applying for a Grant
The St. Louis Community Foundation will be releasing “Requests for Proposals” (RFPs) for funding early in 2019 and will use the Missouri Common Grant Application v 2.0 modified for the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund.
The first round of grant applications will be focused on smaller projects and programs in the areas listed above. As this is a time-restricted fund, sustainability of any project or program will be a key factor in reviewing grant applications.
The Community Foundation envisions a few larger projects, as well. These will have individual RFPs and will be rolled out over the next three years as they are identified.
Grant Review Committee
The St. Louis Community Foundation will convene a committee to advise with the grant making process, including:
- ongoing review of the funding initiatives
- reading grant applications and making recommendations regarding funding
- overseeing the monitoring of grants and
- overseeing grant renewals, as appropriate
The Committee will be 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.
When the Committee is convened, a list of Committee members will be available on this website.