Community Conservation Funding Opportunities

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Community Conservation Funding Opportunities
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The Department of Conservation offers communities and partners a number of grant and cost-share options to assist with everything from green development to wildlife habitat to enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.

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MDC Grant and Cost-Share Opportunities

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MDC’s Community Conservation Grant Program promotes urban wildlife habitat improvement, encourages organizational partnerships for land stewardship, and supports the training of partner staff to manage natural landscapes. The Community Conservation Grant opportunity is available for communities meeting practice requirements and approval by their local MDC Community Conservation Team.

Eligible Groups

Eligible applicants include (1) government entities (e.g., municipal and county parks departments, schools), or (2) non-profit corporations. Applications from schools and school districts must identify a full-time staff member as project manager. If the applicant is not the property owner, a letter of permission must accompany the application. 

Eligible Practices

Practices eligible for funding must promote urban habitat and include land management activities necessary for habitat restoration, native plant establishment, terrestrial and aquatic habitat enhancement, exotic species control, and staff training for natural landscape management.

Application Process

Grant applications are available beginning in July annually, and will be evaluated on a quarterly basis. For more information about the Community Conservation Grant Program, contact your regional office.

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MDC’s Urban Conservation Cost-share Program promotes sustainable development practices and the establishment of natural resource conservation practices in municipal and developing areas.

Eligible Groups

Eligibility is determined by the project planner and regional supervisor based on regional priorities. Due to the limited dollars available, proposed projects may be reviewed as needed by the Regional Community Conservation Team based on regional priorities. Eligible property includes lands in public ownership or open to the public, such as, but not limited to, municipal and county parks and schools. Private property that extends or connects to projects on public land providing stormwater conveyance, habitat connectivity, or other public benefits is eligible. 

Eligible Practices

Cost-share is authorized for activities such as native prairie restorations, forest and woodland management, tree plantings, pollinator plantings, and invasive species control. In addition, practices eligible for cost-share include urban green space planning, engineered drawings, etc.

Application Process

Cost-share opportunities are available in July annually, and applications are evaluated quarterly. Due to limited funding, applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Urban Cost-share opportunities, please contact your regional office

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The TRIM Program is designed to assist Missouri communities with improving their community forest. TRIM encourages communities to have a sustainable, balanced, and comprehensive community forestry program based on a current tree inventory and managed with the guidance of a community forestry professional. Lastly, TRIM is designed to promote community forest benefits through the proper management and care of trees.

Eligible Groups

Eligible applicants include (1) government entities (e.g., municipal and county parks departments, schools), or (2) non-profit corporations. Applications from schools and school districts must identify a full-time staff member as project manager. If the applicant is not the property owner, a letter of permission must accompany the application.

Eligible Practices

Cost-share opportunities available under the TRIM Program include municipal tree ordinance development, development of a written community tree management plan, or community readiness plan for addressing exotic insect disease outbreaks, community tree inventories, management of ash (Fraxinus sp.) trees, training of city employees and volunteers to improve community forestry, purchase of tree-care education materials, development and/or distribution of tree-care-related educational materials, removal of critical-risk trees, pruning, tree planting, and other opportunities to further community forestry.

Application Process

Cost-share opportunities are available in July annually, and applications are evaluated quarterly. Due to limited funding, applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the TRIM cost-share opportunities, please contact your regional office

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Land Conservation Partnership Grant
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The Land Conservation Partnership Grant is a competitive, matching grant to help communities acquire land or easements and provide opportunities for land conservation or outdoor recreation access.

Fishing and boating infrastructure construction projects under the Community Assistance Program (CAP) will be approved through the Outdoor Recreation Program of the Land Conservation Partnership Grant (LCPG) process. The LCPG application process will also be utilized to award cooperative shooting range projects in communities that aren’t well-served by existing shooting range facilities.

The Land Conservation Partnership Grant has four partnership opportunities:

  • The Conservation Land Acquisition Program will competitively provide NGOs and local governments financial assistance for acquiring lands that will be held and managed by the applicant for public purposes.
  • The Conservation Easement Assistance Program provides financial assistance competitively for establishment costs associated with conservation easements to be held by the applicant – including both donated easements and easements purchased by partners.
  • The Land Conservation Innovations Program is an open-ended solicitation of ideas in which we can work together in partnership on efforts that advance land conservation. Examples include, but are not limited to, funding for training that Missouri land trusts could attend to bring them closer to accreditation, funding a partner position geared towards orchestrating land conservation opportunities in a priority landscape, or conducting landowner outreach.
  • The Outdoor Recreation Program is an open-ended solicitation of partner proposals for enhancing public access and opportunities for citizen engagement in conservation-related outdoor recreation. Examples include, but are not limited to, archery ranges, boat ramps, trails or trail enhancement. The Outdoor Recreation Program is still under development and should be released in the next few weeks.

Eligible Groups

Eligible applicants include government entities and non-profit groups.

Eligible Practices

See application information for each granting opportunity.

Funding Amounts

See application information for any limitations.

Application Process

The applications process runs through November 10, 2020. See application information for further information.

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