Grants › Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grants
Metro supports partnerships in local communities that connect people with nature and improve watershed health
For nearly two decades, Metro has provided grants for habitat restoration, conservation education and other projects that connect people to nature close to home. This year the Metro Council offers $200,000 in Nature in Neighborhood Restoration and Enhancement grants to support habitat restoration, stream and floodplain enhancement and conservation education efforts that strive to engage people and build strong community support for watershed health.Projects or programs that foster innovative public/private relationships and that serve low-income communities and communities of color are encouraged.
Funding requests for planning grants can range from $5,000 to $15,000 and requests for project grants can range from $10,000 to $30,000. All grants can last from 12 to 24 months. Each project requires a 1:1 match and at least three active partners
From 2006 to 2011, the Metro Council awarded nearly one hundred Nature in Neighborhood Restoration and Enhancement grants for a total of $1.725 million. This money leveraged $8 million of additional investments, engaged more than a hundred partner organizations and generated 100,000 volunteer hours to restore local rivers and streams, fight invasive weeds, provide trips into nature for children and service learning opportunities for all ages.
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