Missouri Coalition for the Environment developed the Known & Grown STL program to build a resilient, equitable food community by supporting and promoting farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis that demonstrate environmental stewardship through humane and chemical-free farming practices. 

Known & Grown STL is awarding up to 10 mini grants of up to $1,000 each to farmers in Gasconade, Franklin, St. Charles, and Warren counties for projects that develop or improve environmental stewardship practices on their farm.

Environmental stewardship includes practices that protect and preserve the quality of our soil, air, and water, promote biodiversity, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The goal of these grants is to improve our food system by supporting sustainable farming practices that provide healthy, nutrient-dense food to Missourians. Technical assistance is available in addition to the financial award. 

Project Examples

Using electric-powered tools rather than gas-powered ones

Establishing wildlife and beneficial insect habitat, using beneficial insects for pest management

Using alternative energy sources reducing fossil fuel use

No-till; using compost or mulch; cover crops to increase organic matter; planting perennials, transitioning from the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers; producing on-farm compost

Water catchment system, berms and swales to control rainwater and prevent runoff, using drip irrigation to reduce water usage and increase infiltration, install new fencing to keep animals out of sensitive areas

Our selection process prioritizes historically underserved farmers which include the following:

  • Beginning Farmers
  • Woman-owned
  • BIPOC
  • LGBTQ+
  • Low-Income
  • Veteran

Who can Apply

Non-profit and for-profit farmers who farm within Gasconade, Franklin, St. Charles, and Warren counties

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, February 28, 2024

How to Apply

Complete the application below.

What to include in your proposal

  • Contact info – phone and email
  • Physical farm address
  • Name and brief description of your farm
  • Where you sell your products and who your customers are
  • Description of proposed project, including an estimated timeline for implementation
  • Proposed budget (labor to complete the project may be included)
  • Explain the following: How will your project benefit the environment and your community?

Financial awards are given prior to the start of the project but are dependent on the completion of the project. Awardees must provide an estimated date of completion. One or more check-ins will occur during the project period. If a project will not be completed by the estimated date, a written letter must be provided explaining the delay and must include a new estimated completion date. Failure to complete the project may result in a partial or complete revocation of the amount awarded.  

Timeline

  • Wednesday, February 28 – Grant proposals due
  • Friday, March 15 – Awardees selected
  • Friday, April 5 (and possibly sooner) – Awards distributed
  • Friday, August 30 (and possibly sooner) – Check-in from Missouri Coalition for the Environment staff on progress of project
  • December 31, 2024 – Project completion deadline

For any questions, please contact us at moenviron@moenvironment.org.

Sponsor

These grants are being generously funded by our friends at Magnificent Missouri.

Please only complete one mini-grant application. All applications for our county specific grants may also receive consideration for our general mini-grant.

Mini-grant Application

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Farm Address*
My farm is located in the following county:*
Mailing Address (if different from farm address)
Please include what type of products your farm produces, where you sell or donate your products, and a brief description of your customers.
Consider steps such as planning, purchasing materials, and implementation. This is only meant to be an estimate. Your final project will not be required to adhere to this specific timeline.
Try to be as specific as you can. You may consider you time and labor to complete the project in your budget.
If you do not receive this funding or receive only partial funding, would you still be able to complete this project?*
Have you ever received a grant for your farm in the past?*
Please select any of the following that apply to you or any other farmer involved in your proposed project: