MDC offers $30,000 grants to help conservation projects in St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with and for communities to sustain healthy fish, forests and wildlife. One way in which it does this is by offering funding for conservation-friendly projects in the St. Louis area through a partnership and funding opportunity called the Community Conservation Grant.

The application period for the grant is open now through Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.

This conservation grant supports 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 is open to government entities including parks departments and public schools, non-profit organizations within the greater metropolitan area, including St. Louis County and City, St. Charles, Jefferson, and incorporated areas of Warren, Lincoln, and Franklin counties. It offers grants of up to $30,000, with a preference for projects which utilize match or in-kind contributions.

Eligible projects for the grant include native plant establishment, such as prairie or native warm-season grass reconstruction, forest management, wetland enhancement, exotic species control, interpretive signage related to the project and staff training for natural landscape management. All project applications should have a long-term management plan.

Information about how to apply for the Community Conservation Grant can be found at

Additional details are available from Community Conservation Grant Coordinator Erin Shank at 314-301-1506, ext. 4207 or