ReCAST Kick-Off Meeting photo

Welcome to St. Louis ReCAST!

St. Louis ReCAST is funded by a 5-year, $4.7 million grant that was awarded to the department by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “ReCAST” is an acronym that stands for Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma.

The grant will fund community projects in five specific areas:

  1. violence prevention
  2. youth engagement
  3. peer support
  4. mental health
  5. trauma-informed care

All the community projects will be decided on and awarded through a participatory budgeting process – meaning that the communities themselves will be involved in making the decisions. Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which Promise Zone community members will vote on how to spend the ReCAST funds.

St. Louis ReCAST's goals are to:

  • Build a foundation to promote well-being, resiliency, and community healing;
  • Improve access to trauma-informed community behavioral health resources and youth peer support; and
  • Create community change using a community-based participatory approach.

The Promise Zone

The Promise Zone target area is one of only 20 federally- designated Promise Zones in the United States. It encompasses St. Louis City Wards: 1-5, 18-19, 21-22, 26-27; and parts of St. Louis County, including the communities of: Bellerive Acres, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Dellwood, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Jennings, Kinloch, Moline Acres, Normandy, Northwoods, Pagedale, Pine Lawn, Riverview, University City, Uplands Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, and Wellston.



Community Delegates

A community delegate is a resident that lives within the St. Louis Promise Zone who is willing to help make key decisions about community projects for well-being in the areas of violence prevention, mental health, youth engagement, and peer support. Individuals interested in making a difference in their community can apply to become a community delegate. Being a delegate requires extensive time and effort for which each participant will be compensated. Time commitments include attendance at weekly meetings throughout the Spring/Early Summer. Community delegates should also understand that their roles are vital and valuable to the St. Louis ReCAST effort and the St. Louis Promise Zone. Now is the time for residents to have a VOICE!

Community delegates:

  • Receive training and guidance regarding participatory budgeting;
  • Increase their knowledge in the areas of violence prevention, mental health, youth engagement, and peer support;
  • Have opportunities for social networking; and
  • Be a part of the movement towards creating sustainable and resilient communities!

Youth and family participation is highly encouraged. Participants must be at least 11 years old (those under the age of 18 will need a consent form signed by a parent/guardian). Transit passes and childcare will also be provided as needed.

Participatory Budgeting Process

  • Delegate Selection

    Community delegates (community members within the Promise Zone) will be chosen to head up community project proposals. Delegates will receive training and guidance regarding participatory budgeting.
  • Delegate Meetings

    For approximately four weeks, meetings will be held for community delegates to brainstorm and discuss project ideas.
  • Scope of Work Creation

    Community delegates, along with the ReCAST Core Advisory Board, will create and design a scope of work for the intended projects. Information will include: budget, service deliverables, target audience, number of people to be served, evaluation metrics, etc.
  • RFP Development

    The scope of work for each project proposal will be converted to professional Requests for Proposals (RFPs) by the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH).
  • Bidding

    Bids will be gathered from contractors that are able to fulfill proposal service requirements.
  • Community Voting

    At a community meeting, residents within the Promise Zone will vote to select which contractors will be awarded one-year contracts, based on who is best suited to fulfill each scope of work.
  • Implementation

    Funds are distributed and project start-up begins.
  • Evaluation

    There will be an evaluation conducted by DPH staff, Patient Research Advisory Board members, and the St. Louis ReCAST Core Advisory Board to determine the success of each contract.

Timeline for Participatory Budgeting

  • STEP 1 Participatory Budgeting Kick-Off

    Learn about the St. Louis ReCAST grant and tell us what you think about violence prevention, peer support, mental health, and youth engagement in your community.

    Delegate applications made available

  • STEP 2 Delegate Selection Briefing

    Get community input and learn about the funding priorities.

    Select 80 delegates and host a facilitated brainstorming/discussion about project ideas.

  • STEP 3 Funding Priority Group Meetings

    Explore funding opportunities and finalize project ideas.

    (Possibly two meetings per week.)

  • STEP 4 Scope of Work Development

    Create a scope of work and release a Request For Proposals for bid.

    (Possibly two meetings per week.)

  • STEP 5 Proposal Review & Community Vote

    Community review of proposals, scoring, and voting.

    Issue the awarded contracts.

Funding Priorities
Frequently Asked Questions

What is participatory budgeting?

Participatory budgeting is a budgeting process in which the community participates. It will allow residents to make key decisions about how St. Louis ReCAST will spend its funds on the four categories of mental health, peer support, youth engagement, and violence prevention.

How does participatory budgeting work?

Community delegates will attend weekly meetings to brainstorm project ideas and develop scopes of work for projects they want to see implemented.

What is a community delegate?

A community delegate is a resident that lives within the St. Louis Promise Zone that has been selected to help lead community projects for well-being.

How are community delegates selected?

Community delegates are being selected based on age, location of residence, and preference of funding areas selected.

Who can be a community delegate?

All residents of the St. Louis Promise Zone are eligible to apply to be a community delegate. Individuals must be at least 11 years old (parental consent is required for participants under the age of 18).

Will community delegates be compensated?

Delegates will receive a total of $150.00 for their participation. Transit passes and childcare will also be provided as needed.

How will the community projects be selected?

After the community delegates have reviewed the submitted bids, residents of the St. Louis Promise Zone will vote on which microgrants will be awarded to address the four categories of mental health, peer support, youth engagement, and violence prevention.

How much money will be spent in the community?

Every year through 2021, $650,000 will be awarded for community microprojects.

Why should I join St. Louis ReCAST?

Joining St. Louis ReCAST will provide you with a chance to make your voice heard. It will create networking opportunities for you to meet others in your community who are working for positive change. Finally, because the St. Louis ReCAST project will be using a participatory budgeting process, those who join will have a direct say in how funds are spent in the four priority areas of mental health, peer support, youth engagement, and violence prevention. Working together, we can all play a role in making our communities the best that they can be!