District and schools receive nearly $475,000 from Community Foundation grant program
District and schools receive nearly $475,000 from Community Foundation grant program
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The Pattonville School District was selected to receive nearly $475,000 in grants from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund, a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation. One grant provides $450,000 for a district-wide initiative to hire additional staff to support students' social-emotional needs, and various smaller grants totaling $24,000 serve to better the Pattonville school community.

In addition to the district-wide grant for social-emotional supports, the following grants were awarded:
  • $4,800 to Pattonville Early Childhood PTO for a playground;
  • $4,700 to Bridgeway Elementary School for a sensory garden;
  • $5,000 to Rose Acres Elementary School PTO for outdoor classroom seating;
  • $4,500 to Remington Traditional School PTO for refillable water stations; and
  • $5,000 to the Pattonville School District for the youth garden at the Pattonville Learning Center.
The Pattonville grants were among more than $3 million awarded by the Community Foundation from the landfill fund to numerous local nonprofits for 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 nearly a year-long informational and research gathering process, organizations were selected by a grant advisory committee that was composed of members of the St. Louis Community Foundation board, residents and representatives of businesses from the impacted area and members of the philanthropic community. After several public community meetings, the St. Louis Community Foundation identified four areas that would receive priority funding: access to health care, behavioral and mental health, public safety and community greening.

Pattonville also stands to benefit from other grants awarded to local organizations, such as the grant awarded to NCADA (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) for its Prevention First initiative, which provides drug-prevention and conflict mediation programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

These are the first round of grants to be awarded between now and July 2022. 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. 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.