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:
314-301-1506, ext. 4207
Stephen Van Rhein
417-895-6881, ext. 1637