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Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and education grants

Grants    Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and education grants

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

Restoration grants available

Pre-applications for restoration and community stewardship grants are due April 22, 2014.

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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, community 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 Jan. 14, 2014; awards in May 2014.

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 2014; awards in summer 2014.

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.

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