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Community Conservation Grant Program (CCGP) - Back To Nature StL Grant

Grants to Missouri Agencies for Urban Conservation
Projects in St. Louis City and St. Louis County

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Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Missouri government agencies in St. Louis City and St. Louis County to promote citizen engagement in urban conservation projects. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding will support habitat restoration and reconstruction projects in public parks.

Practices eligible for funding include land management activities necessary for habitat restoration such as: native plant establishment, terrestrial and aquatic habitat enhancement, and invasive species control, interpretive signage related to the project, and staff training for natural landscape management.

Applications should be relevant to the goals of MDC’s Community Conservation Program:
-Provide support for terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvement in urban areas;
-Coordinate efforts among similar organizations which share the common goal of improving urban habitats and supporting community conservation efforts;
-Train partner organization staff in native habitat restoration and long-term management practices of sustaining natural landscapes; and
-Engage the public through conservation education and volunteer opportunities.

Proposals will be ranked based on the following criteria:
-Value and quality of terrestrial or aquatic habitat restoration or improvement activities
-Projects should have a detailed and realistic budget and timeline of project activities.
-A long term plan should be included which describes management activities and responsibilities following completion of grant project to maintain habitat improvements for 15 years.
-Partnership development through partner investment of time and/ or resources into project.
-Staff training and re-tooling
-Visibility and outreach potential to the surrounding community.

Staff training and retooling criteria:
-Long-term success of grant projects will depend upon the grantee staff knowledge and organization equipment necessary for managing natural landscapes.
-Project implementation should include staff training on applicable topics such as invasive species identification and control; native Missouri plant identification; turf to native warm season grass conversion; forest, woodland, and prairie management; storm water solutions, etc. Specialized training may also be contracted using grant funds.
-Equipment may be purchased with grant funds (up to specified limits).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145688

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funds will be distributed at $25,000 per fiscal year. The maximum request for this grant award is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds will be distributed throughout 2018 - 2020.

Projects implementation should be completed within 3 years and be maintained for 15 years following the signing of the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Back To Nature StL grant must be a municipal or county park department in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.

Funding will not be granted for administrative salaries.

Pre-Application Information:

A match of 75:25 is required for this award. Applicants can meet the 25% match requirement through direct funding or in-kind contributions to the project.

Grant applicants are required to contact the grant program coordinator prior to submitting an application to discuss a potential project and the application requirements.

Applicants should utilize the same project application, and indicate that the application is for the Back To Nature StL funds.

Applicants for Back To Nature StL funds who are not awarded funds can still be eligible for funding (at the lesser amount) through the basic Community Conservation Grant Program. Applicants do not need to submit applications for both categories of funding.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM on September 15, 2017.

MDC staff will meet on-site with the finalists at the proposed project location for the Back To Nature funds.

The MDC Grant Selection Committee will notify applicants of their status by December 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Josh Ward, Community Conservation Planner
314-301-1506, ext. 4213

Missouri Department of Conservation
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

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