Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas chapters, nature centers, schools, educational groups and others can receive small grants from the State Office to spend developing Monarch Waystations or Monarch demonstration gardens on public sites in their immediate areas.
The purpose of the program is to educate members and the public about Monarch conservation, to produce and distribute milkweeds that support reproduction by Monarch butterflies, and to restore Monarch habitats throughout the Texas migration flyway.
Amount and Source of Funds
Grant sources are co-funded by Native Plant Society of Texas and Monarch Watch. The total amount of monies to be budgeted for this program varies. Normally it is an amount that will provide for grants ranging from $50 to $400. Chapters and others are not required to spend their own funds to match the amount of the grant.
Approved Types of Expenditures
Expenditures shall consist of native milkweeds, native nectar plants, mulch, compost, and soil. Applications will be accepted for improvement and maintenance of previously installed Monarch Waystations or Monarch Demonstration Gardens. Plants can be replaced or milkweeds can be added.
Grant Administration Committee
The Grant Committee consists of the following members: Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Committee and the VP of Environmental Liaison. The committee will evaluate and rank grant applications and award grants. Evaluation will be based on each plan’s completeness and feasibility and benefit to the Native Plant Society of Texas and Monarch Watch goals.
Application to the Grant Committee must be made by March 15 of the year the grant is needed. Grants will be awarded by March 29, after the annual budget is approved. Grants may be available again in fall. Funds are to be spent by June 30 of the grant year. A project evaluation report will be filed with the Grant Administration Committee by July 30.
The Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Committee chairman will monitor the progress of the project once a month. Either she or her representative (in case travel distance is excessive) will visit the site near project fund expenditure date of June 30. By July 30, the grantee will submit a short written report to the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Committee giving the project status or results, including lessons learned that would help others on similar projects, records of man-hours contributed by each volunteer and project accounting statement with invoices (budget reconciliation) for record keeping. This information will be used to capture results of the program.
Show the person responsible for the administration of the project, their affiliation and their contact information. Show organizations supplying volunteers, estimated number of volunteers and their estimated man-hours to be contributed. Describe how the project will further the mission of the program.
On a second page describe the project location and design concept. Include a sketch plan and a list of materials, native milkweeds and native plants to be used. Itemize plant cost, material cost, etc. (All projects must use only indigenous native plants).
On a third page create an activity/task schedule and maintenance program.
Submit application to:
Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Committee
Attn: Cathy Downs
105 Feather Hill Road
Comfort, TX 78013
Determination of a Monarch Watch Monarch Waystation
Monarch Waystation requirements for certification may be determined by following the link below. http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/waystation_requirements.pdf