Grants of up to $3,000 are available for groups that want to create pollinator gardens in Texas to attract and sustain monarch butterflies and other valuable pollinator species. Preference is being given to projects in strategic counties along the monarchs’ fall and spring migration flight paths, including Parker, Palo Pinto, Johnson and Tarrant counties.
The grants are available through the Texas Urban Conservation Project, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The aim is to encourage community groups and schools to establish gardens across Texas.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 15. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available at https://www.grants.gov. The Opportunity Number is USDA-NRCS-TX-UCP-18-01, and the title is Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project. Applicants can also enter the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 10.902 to search for this grant. Direct questions to Bertha T. Venegas, 830-249-3508, extension 103.
In addition, the Native Plant Society of Texas offers small grants of up to $400 for groups to help fund monarch demonstration gardens or way-stations on public sites. The grants are aimed at nature centers, schools, educational and other groups interested in conserving and restoring monarch habitat. Application deadline is Feb. 15. For information visit npsot.org/wp/monarchs/.