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The St. Louis Community Foundation is pleased to announce the first grant recipients from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund. Just over $3 million has been awarded from this fund to area nonprofits with projects or initiatives dedicated to the betterment of the environment, health, safety, and the welfare of the people in the communities near the Bridgeton Landfill.
After a nearly year-long informational and research gathering process, which included several public community meetings, the St. Louis Community Foundation identified the following four areas to receive priority funding: public safety, behavioral and mental health, community greening, and access to health care.
This first cycle of funding was earmarked for public safety and mental health initiatives. In addition, small grants are being awarded to community-based organizations located in proximity to the Bridgeton Landfill.
Organizations were selected by a grant review committee that was composed of members of the St. Louis Community Foundation Board, residents, and representatives of businesses from the affected area, and members of the philanthropic community.
“The St. Louis Community Foundation is proud to work with the communities around the Bridgeton Landfill to bring additional and innovative programming to the area,” said Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We have had an overwhelming response to the Fund, both as we were exploring how best to use the resources and in response to this first funding opportunity.”
Public safety grants totaling $1.26 million were awarded to the following:
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Grants
More than $1.7 million is designated for the following organizations to fund initiatives relating to mental health and substance abuse services:
Small Community-Based Grants
A total of $70,000 was awarded to the following community organizations to fund environment or public health initiatives.
These are the first round of grants to be awarded between now and July 2022. Future grants will address access to health care, public safety, as well as community greening.
The Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund was created through a legal settlement between the State of Missouri and Bridgeton Landfill LLC, Allied Services LLC, and Republic Services Inc. in June 2018. It is administered by the St. Louis Community Foundation.
About the St. Louis Community Foundation
The St. Louis Community Foundation is a nonprofit foundation composed of nearly 700 charitable funds with total assets of approximately $500 million. Each fund represents a unique charitable giving partnership between an individual, family, or business and designated nonprofit recipients.
In 2018, the Foundation and its donors distributed nearly $90 million to nonprofits around the world. Over the last 10 years, the St. Louis Community Foundation and its donors made nearly $422 million in grants to charitable organizations. In both periods approximately 90 percent remained in St. Louis and supported local nonprofits.
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