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Note: Due to funding limitations, the NPS Minigrant Program has been discontinued. At times limited funds may be available by special arrangement or if projects are specifically solicited by the department. Contact the NPS Program for more information.

When nonpoint source pollution enters our waters as runoff (water that has flowed over the surface of a yard, feedlot, construction site, agricultural field or parking lot) it can degrade Missouri streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. If there is a nonpoint source pollution problem in a water body near you, a minigrant may allow you to address the problem.

Minigrants are a good way to begin addressing local nonpoint source pollution issues. Small grants help local citizen groups get organized and become familiar with the grant process and requirements, preparing them for future grants.

Overview

All Missouri Department of Natural Resources (department) nonpoint source pollution grant funds are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. These funds are awarded to the department by the U.S. EPA, Region 7. The department administers some of these funds to eligible sponsors. Eligible sponsors include state and local agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Minigrants are a type of subgrant that can be used to fund a project that addresses nonpoint source pollution.

Goals

The current goal of the Minigrant Program is to provide financial assistance for building watershed protection capacity in watersheds targeted by Missouri’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan and other water quality initiatives, such as the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). The Minigrant Program provides funds to implement projects that will decrease nonpoint source pollution of waters in Missouri. Specifically, the minigrant program will support small projects that:

  • Create a citizenry that is accurately informed about the causes, extent, and control of nonpoint source water pollution and water quality issues.
  • Provide an opportunity for involved citizens and other stakeholders to improve water quality through nonpoint source water pollution prevention or remediation.

Requirements

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Success Projects

Karst in the Ozarks Video, Sponsor: Ozarks Resource Center

The Ozarks Resource Center produced an 18-minute documentary explaining how landforms in the Ozarks developed over eons resulting in numerous rivers, caves and springs. The video also demonstrates how Karst features are uniquely vulnerable to nonpoint source pollution. Viewers can enjoy dramatic footage of some of Missouri's best-known natural features and rare creatures. This fact-filled video is ideal for middle school and high school science classes and is accompanied by a supplemental curriculum with hands-on, interactive lessons. The curriculum correlates with Missouri's science grade level expectations covering geosphere, inquiry and science impacts (2012). The curriculum and multiple versions of the video are available at karstintheozarks.com/introduction.

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Healthy Yards for Clear Streams, Sponsor: University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Extension offices throughout the state taught a workshop series to increase public awareness about the connections between high quality landscapes and environmentally friendly yard management practices. With this grant, educational efforts demonstrated yard care/maintenance practices that home owners could easily use to reduce the amount of runoff from their property and to prevent excess lawn care products (fertilizers and pesticides) from entering our waterways.  

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Community Rain Gardens, Sponsor: South Grand River Watershed Alliance

The South Grand River Watershed Alliance (SGRWA) in partnership with Raymore-Peculiar Middle School and Harrisonville Elementary School installed two community rain gardens to demonstrate their effectiveness as a landscaping feature to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the waters of the South Grand River Watershed. The project also established a nonpoint source education curriculum to guide the schools' educational efforts. Students were involved in site preparation, appropriate native plant selection, installation, and maintenance of the rain garden. Teachers were supplied with the curriculum to facilitate long-term use of the gardens by new classes.

How to Apply

Contact the Soil and Water Conservation Program, Nonpoint Source Program email or call 573-751-4932 for availability.