Featured Affiliate: Ste. Genevieve Community Foundation

The Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation was established in April 2003 and has grown to include eight funds. Since its inception, the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation has made $302,608 in charitable grants and distributions.A new fund, the Ste. Genevieve County Community Development Fund, has already made a tremendous impact on the county. Established with a $200,000 gift from Holcim (US) Inc., the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation and members of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Development Fund (CDF) Review Committee awarded the first official CDF grants to organizations in Ste. Genevieve County on July 21.

“This new development fund has been very good news for our community, and we owe a debt of thanks to Holcim for their generosity,” SGCCF chairperson Sandra Cabot said. “The recipients have made it a point to express their appreciation for the grant funds. This program will make a very positive impact in the community.”

Members of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Development Fund Review Committee, county officials and recipients of the first round grants gathered at the Ste. Genevieve County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center for presentation of the grant awards.

“Many very worthy organizations requested grants from this fund and it was a very tough decision as to how to disperse the money,” said Art Armbruster, a member of the review committee. “We looked at the purpose of the request and how it would benefit the whole county to make sure we fulfilled our obligations to the Community Development Fund.”

The Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation and the Ste. Genevieve County Commission will work with Holcim (US) Inc. as it contributes $200,000 to the fund annually for the next 14 years.

A total of $191,540 was awarded to support 13 proposals during the first official grantmaking round. The grant recipients and award amounts are as follows:

Bloomsdale Fire Department: $10,000 for pagers, rescue equipment, turnout gear, etc.
City of Ste. Genevieve Fire Dept.: $10,000 for training tools, nozzles, entry equipment, lights and fire extinguishing equipment
Kinsey Fire Department: $10,000 for safety gear & personal protective equipment
Lake Forest Fire Department: $10,000 to outfit brush truck, upgrade radios, add pulse oximeter and replace outdated AED
Ozora Fire Department: $10,000 for truck equipment upgrades, pagers, training
St. Mary’s Fire Department: $10,000 for upgraded hoses and nozzles, Crossfire
monitor, rescue equipment
Weingarten Fire Department: $10,000 for monitor, hoses, nozzles and adapters
Wolf Creek Fire Department: $10,000 for rescue airbag lift kit, training, lights
Zell Fire Department: $10,000 for training materials, updated AED device firefighter health & safety
County Courthouse: $1,950 for security button system – partial funding
Ste. Genevieve County 911: $42, 950 for Reverse 911 emergency notification system
Sheriff Dept. of Ste. Genevieve County: $36,640 for police vehicle, communications and safety equipment
University of Missouri Extension Office: $20,000 for countywide technical assistance and educational programming in public safety and business development

The next grant application cycle for CDF grants will begin on September 1, 2006. Organizations can apply between September 1 and November 30 for 2007 grant funds. Eligible applicants must be a government entity or a not-for-profit organization.

For more information or a grant application, please visit the Ste. Genevieve County affiliate page or send a letter to: SGCCF, PO Box 247, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. 63670.