Pollinator Meadows Program

The Foundation designed its Pollinator Meadows Grant Program to help local governments and nonprofits convert turf grass to pollinator habitat. The Foundation may limit invitations from a geographic region to ensure an equitable distribution of awards.

Be sure to review the Guidelines and Criteria under the How to Apply Tab. To learn more about this grant program, please e-mail Frances Kane.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Starr


Applicants

  • Local Governments (i.e. Park Districts, Nature Centers)
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (i.e. Museums, Community College Foundations)

ALL applicants (nonprofits and local government agencies) are required to provide a Federal Employer Tax ID/Employer Tax ID Number (FEIN/EIN).

Criteria

  • A suitable site for proper installation and care of native pollinator habitat that is at least 2 acres in size, or two separate sites owned by applicant organization that are a minimum of 1 acre each
  • The conversion of turf grass to pollinator meadow
  • Ability to co-fund a minimum of 50% of the installation costs
  • A plan to add signage at the site acknowledging the Foundation’s grant
  • Agree to create and maintain pollinator habitat for five years in accordance with the Foundation’s Minimum Habitat Requirements
  • Agree to the Foundation’s full list of Guidelines and Criteria and for the grant program

Funding Guidelines

Eligible applicants may apply for up to $20,000 or 50% (whichever is less) of the costs related to the design and installation, and first year of care of the Pollinator Meadow maintenance. This is a reimbursement grant program.  Grantees are responsible for all the upfront costs.  Payment is made upon review and approval of paid invoices and receipts. Please check with the Foundation before applying. The Foundation reserves the right to change funding levels and guidelines of this program.


Deadlines

  • March 4, 2021 – CLOSED
  • August 3, 2021 – CLOSED

The Foundation has a special interest in applicants from the following regions: southern Illinois, southwestern Illinois and southeastern Illinois. If you are interested in this program, please contact Frances Kane.

Award Process

The Foundation expects the award process will be competitive and some projects may be declined. The Foundation will seek a statewide geographic distribution of funds for the first round of grants awarded under this program.

Award Process

The Foundation expects the award process will be competitive and some projects may be declined. The Foundation will seek a statewide geographic distribution of funds for the first round of grants awarded under this program.