Jerry Wade Youth Habitat and Education Program (YHEP) Grants 2017-2018 — Call for Proposals

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Proposals Due: September 29, 2017
Notification of Award: October 20, 2017
Work Period: November 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018
Final Report Due: July 31, 2018

The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI) provides financial support to private and public organizations or to individuals who have partnerships that carry out bird habitat conservation projects in Missouri. Eligible activities include projects that protect, enhance or restore bird habitats on any lands in Missouri. All projects should be habitat based.

Key Information for Jerry Wade Youth Habitat and Education Program (YHEP) Proposals:

  1. YHEP grants are intended to reinforce the commitment of Missouri youth and educators to bird habitat conservation (and the environment) in Missouri by providing modest financial support to projects that improve habitat for birds and involve students in grades K-12.
  2. Applicants must be educators in some capacity.
  3. Awards will be made to the educator’s school or organization, not to an individual.
  4. Youth and partner organizations must be engaged in the project.
  5. Each project should educate its participants/students about birds and bird habitat conservation in addition to improving habitat.
  6. A dollar for dollar match is required of applicants. (Volunteer time and reasonable administrative overhead on this project can count toward your match.)
  7. MoBCI dollars will be specifically directed to bird habitat improvement goals that meet the needs of birds that use native habitats in Missouri.
  8. Indirect (administrative overhead) costs will not be paid using MoBCI grant funds.

Projects should benefit an array of bird species, such as grassland birds, forest birds, wetland birds or glade birds. An acceptable project may target one or more high priority bird species, but should include benefits to other avian species, involve habitat planning and management, and engage partners with shared goals and objectives.

Grant awards: The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (Grantor) has made $1,000 available for YHEP grant(s) during this grant cycle. Individual grant awards are available up to a maximum of $500 annually. MoBCI grants require a one-to-one match of [local, state, federal, private, or NGO] funds. The match may include acquired realty, partner financial contributions, monitoring and evaluation costs, stewardship costs, volunteer time, etc. Projects which include a significant amount of overhead (i.e., indirect administrative expenses) as match are strongly discouraged. Potential sources of matching funds might come from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (email or visit, Missouri Department of Conservation (go to and do a search for Outdoor Classroom or Community Conservation Funding Opportunity), or Missouri Environmental Education Association ( and look under the Resources tab) for more information. Funds that support Monarch habitat creation might also serve as match dollars for YHEP grants.

Successful grantees will be required to submit a digital progress report at the conclusion of the award period (July 31, 2018) that includes both a financial and narrative summary and photographs documenting the project activities and habitat creation/improvement. They will also be invited to have a poster display at the annual MoBCI conference in August 2018.

Application and Review Process:

YHEP grant applications must contain the information requested in the application form found at the end of this Call and must address the items listed in the “General Requirements” section below. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. September 29, 2017, at the following email address:  with a subject line of MoBCI YHEP Grant.”  Only electronic applications will be accepted as attachments in MS Word or a PDF format.

The YHEP Grant Subcommittee will review, score (based on the ranking criteria below), and provide funding recommendations to the MoBCI Steering Committee who will make the decisions regarding awards. Priority will also be given to projects that engage underserved youth audiences.

Ranking Criteria that should be addressed in your application:

   Audience (15 points)

   Priority habitats conserved (5 points)

   Bird habitat conservation goals and objectives (10 points)

   Learning goals for trainees – educational content (10 points)

   Priority bird species addressed (15 points)

   Partnerships developed (10 points)

   Assessment plan (10 points)

   Use of project as a model for other projects/organizations (5 points)

   Capacity of the organization(s)/individual(s) to accomplish the project (10 points)

   Budget (10 points)

General Requirements Required in All Proposals: (maximum of five pages for entire proposal)

   Descriptive Title of Grant

   Purpose of Grant (Clearly define audience, goals, objectives, and activities to be achieved with time lines.)

   Project Location (include map if helpful)

   Project Description including educational learning goals and teaching plans

   Habitat types, birds, and other wildlife benefitted

   Project Calendar (work period is November 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018)

   Measurable Outcomes (Identify specific and measurable outcomes that will be used for tracking progress)

   Measurable Deliverables (Describe products or services that will be provided by the grantee. Note: Mandatory deliverables for the final report include a minimum of 3-5 good quality digital photographs of people conducting project actions and 1-2 photos clearly illustrating habitat improvements. Awardees will also be invited to have a poster of their work on display at the MoBCI annual conference in August 2018.

   Budget (Include Grant Request Amount, how it will be spent, and source of match dollars/volunteer effort/materials.)

   Lead organization, point-of-contact, and their capacities (Provide names, titles, addresses, electronic addresses and phone numbers of parties who can answer questions relating to the agreement; if applicable, include a list of NGO Board members and officers.)

   List of partners involved in the project and point-of-contact for those other partners (same as above for Lead Organization)

   Fiscal Responsibility/Management (Describe fiscal management and identify grantee fiscal agent. This person will be contacted to establish a formal agreement after the notice of award.)


All grant proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. September 29, 2017. The YHEP Grants Subcommittee will notify applicants of their status by October 20, 2017. Funds will be available November 1, 2017 or after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement. Final reports will be due July 31, 2018, at the conclusion of the award period.

For Assistance Contact

Theresa Davidson
Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Rd, Rolla, MO 65401
573-341-7499 (O)
573-364-6844 (Fax)


Susan Hazelwood
Audubon Society of Missouri, 2101 W. Broadway, PMB 122, Columbia, MO 65203
573-819-9252 (C)


Jean Favara, Conservation Manager
Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
Phone: (636) 899-0090

Grant Application Form

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