Receive up to $3,000 for rainscaping projects!

 

 

>>CONTRACTORS WANTED!<<   

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!

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 

Location –   Please see if your property is located within the Rainscaping Grants Program Area.

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 rainscaping@mobot.org or call 314-577-0202 and you will be placed on a confidential list to be contacted with information for next year.

 

PROGRAM CLARIFICATIONS

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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 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

 

PROGRAM CONTACT  

(314) 577-0202   |  Rainscaping@mobot.org

 

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

  1. 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants APPLICATION
  2. 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants LANDOWNER GUIDE
  3. 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants PARTICIPATING CONTRACTOR LIST (Updated 7/16/18)
  4. 2018-2019 Rainscaping Small Grants LANDOWNER ORIENTATION POWER POINT
  5. Missouri Botanical Garden Native Plant List
  6. Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping Guidance
  7. Rain Garden Maintenance