Grant Opportunity - Metro Grant: Nature in Neighborhoods Restoration and Education Grants - $20K - $100K - Pre-Application due January 13, 2015

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    Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and education grants

     

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    Learn about grants for habitat restoration, conservation education and other projects that connect people to nature close to home.

    2014-15 grant cycle

    Pre-application materials for education grants are now available. Materials are due in January 13, 2015.

    Download the pre-application handbook

     

    Funding for Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grants has more than doubled thanks to voter approval of Metro's 5-year local option levy. The levy includes $3.7 million for community partnerships that:

    • connect people to their watershed
    • preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
    • support larger conservation initiatives
    • support nature education for school-aged children
    • improve the ability of all communities to experience and connect with nature
    • implement the Regional Trails Plan.

     

    Who is eligible

    Individuals, citizen groups, businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Grants may only be awarded to projects and programs that benefit Metro-area residents.

     

    Grant cycle

    The duration of all grants is 2 to 3 years.

    Education grants

    Restoration grants

    Trails grants

    Pre-application materials due January 2015; awards in May 2015.

    Small grants up to $25,000; large grants up to$100,000.

    Approximately $700,000 available in 2014 and 2015; $200,000 available in 2016.

    Pre-application materials due spring 2015; awards in summer 2015.

    Small grants up to $25,000; large grants up to$100,000.

    Approximately $700,000 available in 2014 and 2015; $200,000 available in 2016.

    Letters of interest due in 2015.

    Approximately $500,000 available for one cycle.

    Application review and selection

    A team of Metro staff and other individuals with backgrounds in restoration, conservation education, grant management, finance, volunteer coordination, project planning and community partnerships will review applications and make funding recommendations. The Metro Council makes all grant awards.$20K