The Mid-America Regional Council, on behalf of its Water Quality Education Committee, is seeking proposals from individuals, nonprofits and community groups to implement educational activities, events or projects that promote actions to improve water quality in the Kansas City area.
In response to citizen survey results, the committee seeks grant proposals that will educate citizens about how stormwater contributes to water pollution in area lakes, rivers and streams, and what residents can do to reduce this pollution. In addition, proposals may be submitted for landscaping with native species to improve air and water quality and reduce excess water use.
This grant program funds nonprofits and community groups; government entities and religious organizations are not eligible to apply. Grant funds must be used to support activity and/or event planning, project implementation and associated costs. To be selected, proposals must address at least one of the following water quality education goals:
- Provide public education about the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff and water pollution.
- Promote policies and management practices that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution.
- Implement best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution in area creeks and streams.
For more information about activities, events and projects funded through this program in previous years, visit www.marc.org/Environment/Water/grants.htm .
Project funding varies, but will not exceed $5,000 per project; most awards will be in the range of $2,000 to $3,000. A total of $25,000 is available. A 50 percent cash or in-kind match is required.
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, and projects must be complete by Dec. 2, 2013. Awardees will be announced on April 8, 2013. More information is available at www.marc.org/rfp/2013WQGrants.pdf.