Got A Conservation Project? MDC Offering Up To $75,000 In Grants

This native habitat restoration work at Eberwein Park in Chesterfield is an example of the kinds of conservation projects MDC is seeking for its Community Conservation and Back to Nature StL grants. Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently released information for two grant funding opportunities for conservation-friendly projects in the St. Louis area. The funds are available through two partnership opportunities: the Community Conservation Grant Program and the Back to Nature StL Grant.

Application periods for both grants are currently open through September 15, 2017. Find more details below.

The conservation grants support urban wildlife habitat improvement, encourage organizational partnerships for land stewardship, and support 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 up to $30,000 with a preference for projects which utilize match or in-kind contributions.

The Back to Nature StL Grant is funding available for habitat restoration and/or reconstruction on a public park property in St. Louis County or City. This grant opportunity will be offered every other year and offers grants up to $75,000, distributed over a three-year period.

Eligible projects for either 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 both grants can be found at

Additional details are available from each grant’s respective coordinator:

Community Conservation Grant Coordinator Erin Shank, 314-301-1506, ext. 4207 or
Back to Nature StL Grant Coordinator Josh Ward, 314-301-1506, ext. 4213 or

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on September 15, 2017.

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