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 obligate 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

Funding initiatives will fall into four areas:

  • Physical Health
  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Public Safety
  • Community Greening and Healthy Living
  • Small grants to community-based organizations whose work falls under the areas of Health, Public Safety or the Environment

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 beginning in early 2019 and will use the Missouri Common Grant Application v 2.0 modified for the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund. The timing for RFPs is

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse: (Spring 2019)
  • Community Greening and Gardening (Fall 2019)
  • Access to Health Care (2020)
  • Community Grants (Spring 2019, Fall 2019)

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, specifically in the areas of Public Safety and Health Care Access.  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 has convened 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 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.

The Bridgeton Community Project Fund Grant Review Committee includes:

Felicia Shaw (Chair)
Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis Community Foundation Board Member

Doneisha Bohannon
Program Officer, Missouri Foundation for Health

Joel Brett
Shareholder, Barklage, Brett & Hamill, P.C.

Carol Klein
Community Volunteer

Ming Saelee, MSW
Program Associate, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund

Ellen Sherberg
Special Advisor to the CEO, American City Business Journals
St. Louis Community Foundation Board Member

Keith Street
Health Education Coordinator, St. Louis County Public Health

Rebecca Zoll
President & CEO, North County Incorporated