Native plant garden. Photo: Carol Davit
Prairie Garden Grants Program
Gardening and other conservation groups, parks, schools, and other entities in Missouri and immediately surrounding states are invited to submit proposals to MPF’s Prairie Garden Grants Program. In 2024, MPF would like to award several grants to help fund the establishment or improvement of prairie gardens or plantings. Grants will not exceed $800 each. Those with smaller projects are encouraged to apply as well. Matching funds are not required, but proposals with secured matching funds may be evaluated higher than others.
Deadline for submission is January 15, 2024 with funding dispersed in February.
Note: The online application form linked above is the preferred method of submitting an application as it allows uploading of supplemental materials along with the application. This requires logging into a freely available Google account before completing the form; if you are unable to login to a Google account before completing the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate arrangements for submitting your application.
Gardens must be available to the public and must incorporate native prairie species.
Grant funds must be used to establish a new native garden or to improve an existing garden. Gardens can be formal or informal. Grant funds can be used to purchase native seeds or native plants.
Plants purchased with grant funds must be species native to the lower Midwest. They can include sedges, grasses, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, or vines.
Grant funds may not be used to purchase cultivars or nativars. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, learn about them here, or contact the Missouri Prairie Foundation at email@example.com for guidance.
Grant funds may not be used to purchase fertilizer or plastic/non-biodegradable weed barriers (newspapers make a great weed barrier and decompose over time).
Before preparing a proposal, become familiar with the links under “Learn more about native gardens from Grow Native!” on this page. You may also wish to consult the Grow Native! native garden plans and the Native Plant Database for information and inspiration.
Proposals must address how the garden will be shared and promoted to the surrounding community.
Grant applications are rated based on six categories: Location, Need, and Purpose (25%), Garden Description and Design (20%), Time Frame (15%), Public Exposure and Interpretation (10%), Maintenance Plan (15%), and Budget (15%).
A brief update with photos is requested 6 months after the grant is awarded, and a full report with photos is required by May of the following year.
Ozark Rivers Audubon, Rolla, MO
Dade County Library, Greenfield, MO
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, MO
Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
Wohlwend Elementary School –G.R.O.W.S. Project, St. Louis, MO
Central Methodist University — Division of Science
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Troop 1791
Lakewood Hills Homeowners Association
Pulaski County Master Gardeners
St. Louis Aquarium Foundation
Manheim Park Garden Conservancy
The National Museum of Transportation
Phelps County Master Gardeners
Foundry Art Centre
Central Reform Congregation
Jefferson Elementary School
Longfellow Community Association
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation
The Farm School at Gibbs Road, Kansas City
City of Brandon City Hall
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis
The Terrace Retirement Community, Columbia
K-State Research and Extension Master Naturalist Program, Stilwell, KS
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Springfield
Frankford Elementary School, Frankford, MO
Friends of Jefferson City Community Garden (see a 2022 update on this garden)
Lake Bloomers, Sunrise Beach, MO
Love the Lou, St. Louis
St. Louis Catholic Academy
Truman State University, Kirksville
Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood
Polo 4-H, Polo, MO
Pop Up Prairie, St. Louis
Harrisonville Elementary School
Citizens for Environmental Action, Warrensburg
Wanda Gray Elementary School, Springfield
Squier Park Neighborhood Association, Kansas City
Poplar Heights Farm, Butler, MO