Jerry Wade Youth Habitat and Education Program (YHEP) Grants

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2016-2017 Call for Proposals

Proposals Due: September 30, 2016
Notification of Award: October 21, 2016
Work Period: November 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017
Final Report Due: July 31, 2017

The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI) serves as a conduit in providing 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 and members of the Missouri Environmental Education Association. (See – Cost ranges from $15 to $100 depending on membership category.)
  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 utilize native habitats in Missouri and must address at least one of the bird conservation initiatives listed below.
  8. Indirect (administrative overhead) costs will not be paid using MoBCI grant funds.

MoBCI grant projects must be relevant to the goals and objectives of one or more of the major Missouri, national, or international bird conservation initiatives, including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight Bird Conservation Plans applicable to Missouri, North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, and the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. Access to these plans can be found at the following web addresses:,

Priority will be given to projects that address priority habitats which benefit priority bird species identified in any of the Conservation Opportunity Areas (COA’s) or approved species/habitat restoration plans. For specific information on priority Missouri habitats see the Missouri Department of Conservation’s, Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy, “Conservation Opportunity Area” web site at:

A map of Missouri’s Important Bird Areas can be found at

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 and ecosystem level 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, 2017) that includes both a financial and narrative summary and photographs documenting the project activities and habitat creation/improvement.

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 30, 2016, at the following email address:  with a subject line of MoBCI YHEP Grant.”  Electronic applications will only be accepted as attachments in MS Word or a PDF format.

Further Information and Application Form:

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