Community Conservation Funding Opportunities
Community Conservation Grant
The Department’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 within the counties listed below OR any town with a population greater than 1,000 and meeting approval by the MDC Community Conservation Team:
Boone, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Christian, Clay, Cole, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Franklin, Platte, St Louis, St Charles, and St Louis City
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.
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.
The maximum request for grant awards is $50,000.00. Funds will be distributed in a lump sum payment with monitoring and reporting requirements.
Grant applications are available in June annually, and will be evaluated on a quarterly basis. For more information about the Community Conservation Grant Program, contact the nearest grant coordinators below:
Erin Shank St Louis 314-301-1506, ext. 4207 Erin.Shank@mdc.mo.gov
Kansas City 816-759-7300
Ashley Schnake Springfield 417-895-6881, ext. 1637 Ashley.Schnake@mdc.mo.gov
Community Conservation Cost Share
The Department’s Community Conservation Cost-share Program promotes sustainable development practices and the establishment of natural resource conservation practices in urban and developing areas.
Eligible applicants include (1) government entities (e.g., municipal and county parks departments, schools), or (2) non-profit corporations.
Eligible property includes lands in public ownership or open to the public. Private property is only eligible when another partner(s) is providing at least a 1:1 cash match or when the private property extends or connects projects on public land by providing stormwater conveyance, habitat connectivity, or other public benefits.
Cost-share is authorized for activities such as urban green space planning, engineered drawings, etc. In addition, practices eligible for cost-share include native prairie restorations, forest and woodland management, tree plantings, pollinator plantings and invasive species control.
Cost-share for entities is authorized at 50–75% of the actual project cost. Total landowner or community payment shall not exceed $15,000/project/year. Municipalities over 100,000 in population are eligible for $15,000 per 50,000 in population with no single project to exceed $15,000.
Grant applications are available in June annually, and applications are evaluated quarterly. Due to limited funding, applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. Find your local Department contact.
Tree Resource Improvement and Management (TRIM) Grant
The TRIM Grant information is currently being revised. Please come back at a later date to see updated information on the program.
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.
This program is replacing the Community Assistance Program (CAP) and Community Archery Grant (CAG) with the Outdoor Recreation Program of the LCPG.
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 applicants include government entities and non-profit groups.
See application information for each granting opportunity.
See application information for any limitations.
The applications process runs through November 10, 2020. See application information for further information.