2013 Small Grant Program Recipients

The Small Grant Competition empowers neighborhood groups to undertake specific sustainability projects best suited to meet their community needs.

2013 Grant Recipients

Small Grant ImageForty-three groups representing 30 of the City’s 79 neighborhoods submitted project proposals.

The projects ranged from neighborhood gardens, to sidewalk and infrastructure improvements, to entrepreneurial programs for youth and at-risk populations.

Seven projects were selected to receive the $5,000 grant.


  • Confluence Academy South City Campus Renewal Project
    Confluence Academy South City Campus Renewal Project, 3112 Meramec, St. Louis, MO 63118 Confluence Academy’s South City location serves students from grades 3 through 8. Directly behind the Aca...
  • West End Biker’s Club
    The West End Biker’s Club was a collaborative project with St. Vincent Greenway Inc., a community development corporation, and Positive Youth Affair, a local community-based youth organization. T...
  • Bevo Gardens
    The Bevo Gardens project transformed an unused, overgrown vacant lot into an attractive intergenerational neighborhood gathering space. The project surrounds a skateboarding rink on the same lot ...
  • Dogtown Sustainability Celebration
    The Dogtown Sustainability Celebration (DSC) involved residents from the Dogtown community in a celebration of sustainability, education, and music. It established a framework for connecting the ...
  • McKinley Meadows
    “McKinley Meadows”, an edible and pollinator garden, inspired McKinley Heights residents to gather together in order to learn, rehabilitate the local ecosystem, and grow their own food. The Mc...
  • Mission St. Louis Painting Sustainability Project
    With aging housing stock, extreme summer heat, high smog levels, and a 36% poverty rate in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, the Mission St. Louis Painting Sustainability team started a cos...
  • Thurman Gateway
    Thurman Gateway was a project designed to transform the blighted Highway 44 underpass at Thurman and DeTony in the Shaw neighborhood into a savannah prairie and social gathering site for resident...

About the Competition

This competition is just one part in an overall initiative to bring the Sustainability Plan to life through supporting tangible and visible projects that promote sustainability at the neighborhood level. The goal is to learn and share from these projects so neighborhoods across the City can further adopt sustainability ideas and best practices.

The Competition Jury

The 2013 project selection jury included the following representatives.

From the City of St. Louis

  • Charles Bryson (Mayor's Office), 
  • Don Roe (Planning and Urban Design Agency), 
  • Catherine Werner (Sustainability Director).

From the Local Sustainability Funders Group of St. Louis 

  • Dave Berger (St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District), 
  • Bridget Flood (Incarnate Word Foundation), 
  • Luis Naranjo (Wells Fargo Advisors), 
  • John Sweet (W. A. Kerr Foundation).

From the St. Louis City community

  • Stephen Acree (Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance), 
  • Tracy Boaz (Missouri Department of Conservation), 
  • Yvonne Sparks (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), 
  • Todd Swanstrom (UMSL).

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