Community Conservation Funding Opportunity

The Department’s Community Conservation 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 in the St. Louis and Southwest regions.

Information about how to apply for the grant is available in the application PDFs at the bottom of the page.

Eligible Groups

Community Conservation Grant Program funding is available to nonprofit organizations and government entities in the St. Louis and Southwest regions.

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, eligible project areas include St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and incorporated areas (in municipalities or townships) of Franklin, Lincoln, and Warren counties.

In Southwest Missouri, eligible project areas include communities in the counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster. Preference is given to project locations within communities with a population over 10,000.

Eligible Practices 

Projects eligible for funding include (but aren’t limited to) stream restoration, prairie or native warm-season grass reconstruction, forest management, and wetland enhancement. Funding may also be used for the training of partner organization staff. All project applications must have a 15-year management plan.

Funding Amounts 

Grant requests for the Community Conservation Grant should not exceed $30,000 for St. Louis area projects and $12,000 for Southwest Missouri projects. Preference will be given to projects that involve cost-share or in-kind contributions of at least 25 percent of the total project budget.

Application Deadline

Grant applications are available in June annually, and this year, the applications are due September 7 at 5:00 pm. For more information about the Community Conservation Grant Program, contact the grant coordinators below.

St. Louis:

Erin Shank
314-301-1506, ext. 4207
Erin.Shank@mdc.mo.gov

Southwest Missouri:

Ashley Schnake
417-895-6881, ext. 1637
Ashley.Schnake@mdc.mo.gov

In This Section

St. Louis Community Conservation Funding Opportunities Application (pdf, 153 KB)

Use this document to apply for Community Conservation Grant Program funds. Deadline is September 7.

Southwest Region Community Conservation Funding Opportunities Application (pdf, 156 KB)

Use this document to apply for Community Conservation Grant Program funds. Deadline is September 7.

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