Rainscaping Small Grants Program
Receive up to $3,000 for rainscaping projects!
MSD Project Clear is seeking contractors to join the Participating Contractor List for design and installation are reimbursable to grantees if a participating contractor was used. For more information, please see the Contractor Application and Contractor Guide.
MSD PROJECT CLEAR & THE COMMUNITY
Project Clear is MSD’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD will invest billions of dollars over a generation for community rainscaping projects, system improvements, and an ambitious program of maintenance and repair. Rainscaping investments alone will total $100 million. Last season (2016-2017), over 100 applications were selected to receive grant funding, totaling more than $300,000. Please let us know if you would like us to visit your community event to talk about the Rainscaping Small Grants Program!
Orientation – All applicants are required to attend at least one Landowner Orientation Session within the current (2018-2019) or previous (2017-2018) program year. REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018-2019 ROUND LANDOWNER ORIENTATIONS IS CLOSED. If you are interested in participating in a future grant round, please send your name, phone number, email address, and the mailing address of the property you are looking to apply for, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-577-0202 and you will be placed on a confidential list to be contacted with information for next year.
Grant Amount – If approved, landowners within the Program Area can be reimbursed up to $3,000 for rainscaping projects.
Plan Help – Applicants may seek bids and advice from contractors. Costs for design and installation are reimbursable to grantees if a Participating Contractor was used. Don’t forget to plan for maintenance, such as watering plants, weeding, pruning, and mulching.
Approval – Applications will be competitively scored. Priority consideration will be given to projects that manage a large amount of stormwater. Additionally, projects that propose a high percentage of native plants, are cost effective, well designed, available for outreach, and have a detailed maintenance plan, will all be considered in the approval process.
Boulders – Decorative boulder expenses, or rock work that is not serving the functionality of the stormwater feature, will be capped at a 10% aesthetic cost maximum reimbursement for approved applicants.
Multiple Grants – Multiple grants may be submitted under the following criteria:
- One (1) grant is permitted per residential address. No additional grants will be awarded for residential addresses that already have received grants in previous years.
- Up to four (4) grants are permitted per commercial address. No additional grants will be awarded for commercial addresses that already have received the maximum number of grants in previous years.
- Each individual address counts as a separate property, excluding individual buildings that have more than one address.
- One (1) representative must attend a Landowner Orientation Session within the current (2018-2019) or previous (2017-2018) program year for each property or organization with multiple properties.
- For multi-family or duplex properties with a single property owner, you may submit an application for the total number of units (up to 4).
- If there are multiple owners, EACH OWNER may submit one (1) application, totaling up to four (4). *NOTE – We do not recommend applying for a Green Roof for shared ownership of a multifamily home.
- Each grant must be for a unique project, and each project must meet minimum requirements, as applicable. For example: a rain garden covering 100 square feet – would be one grant. A lawn alternative and pervious pavement area with a combined area of 100 square feet – would be a second grant. A large rain garden covering 200 square feet – would only be one grant.
- Applications must be received by August 1, 2018.
- Participants have two time frames in which to complete their projects:
- Fall planting period is September 10, 2018 – October 31, 2018
- Spring planting period begins in 2019 after the final freeze, and ends May 10, 2019
- Project receipts and Completion Forms must be submitted by the final day of the planting period
- Grant funds will be dispersed to landowners within 14 weeks of Completion Form submission
- Please allow six (6) weeks for Completion Form processing, along with Quality Control and Ground Truthing
(314) 577-0202 | Rainscaping@mobot.org
- 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants APPLICATION
- 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants LANDOWNER GUIDE
- 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants PARTICIPATING CONTRACTOR LIST (Updated 7/16/18)
- 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants LANDOWNER ORIENTATION POWER POINT
- Missouri Botanical Garden Native Plant List
- Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping Guidance
- Rain Garden Maintenance