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 2023, 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, 2023 with funding dispersed in February.

Please see application guidelines below and use this application form to apply. Letters of support are welcome. Questions? Call 888-843-6739 or send us a message at info@moprairie.org. 

Application Guidelines:

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 info@missouriprairie.org 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%).

Grant recipient must display a Missouri Prairie Foundation/Grow Native! sign, which will be provided as part of the grant award, at the planting site.

A brief final report with photos will be required to be submitted within 30 days of the end of the grant period.

Grant Winners:

2022:
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

2021:
Manheim Park Garden Conservancy
The National Museum of Transportation
Phelps County Master Gardeners
Foundry Art Centre

2020:
Central Reform Congregation
Jefferson Elementary School
Longfellow Community Association
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation

2019:
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

2018:
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

2017:
Truman State University, Kirksville
Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood
Polo 4-H, Polo, MO

2016:
Pop Up Prairie, St. Louis
Harrisonville Elementary School

2015:
Citizens for Environmental Action, Warrensburg

2014:
Wanda Gray Elementary School, Springfield

2013:
Squier Park Neighborhood Association, Kansas City

2012:
Poplar Heights Farm, Butler, MO