MEEA Mini Grants

MEEA began a mini-grants program in 2013 that has provided support to a wide variety of environmental education projects–from school gardens to life jackets to raptor cams. Learn about some of those projects below! 

Stay tuned, we’ll be adding pictures of the Spring 2021 awardees when their projects are completed.

Awarded 2021

Missouri River Relief

Project Summary: Morning at the River is a series that creates opportunities for children and families to spend one-on-one time exploring, discovering, and making memories together at the Missouri River.

Jewish Community Center of St. Louis, Early Childhood

Project Summary: Our goal is for each child to become more aware of their natural surroundings and to feel a responsibility to care for it and the animals, creatures, and plants that live there. We intend to pique curiosity about the interdependencies between native plants, wildlife, insects, and people. A rain barrel in our Missouri native pollinator garden would provide a tool to emphasize the importance of water and its conservation as well as the importance of reusing and recycling. Curriculum will be developed around the rain barrel to illustrate these concepts. This project will foster in young children the notion that giving back and helping the earth and its inhabitants is a mitzvah or good deed and it feels good to be a helper.

Bonebrake Center of Nature and History, “Discover Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight”

Project Summary: The Mudbugs Club, established in 2019, connects kids with nature using a connection of the heart, not the head. It is about kids falling in love with nature. Knowledge and action follow love. We simply immerse kids in nature. Simple activities get them started, such as building a bird nest or making seed bombs (mudballs), literally getting their fingers in the dirt. Once they are comfortable in nature, we will spend time in free exploration, searching for tiny treasures hidden in plain sight. Insect nets and magnifying glasses will open up a whole new world of WOW for them.

Three More Awards Available for Fall 2021 Application

Fall applications due August 30, 2021

Awarded 2020

No grants were awarded in 2020 due to COVID.

Awarded 2019

The Green Thumb Project

Hannibal Early Childhood Center

Mississippi River Water Trail Association

Missouri Prairie Foundation

South Fork Preschool

Friends of the Zoo

We offer six $250 grants annually, three in the spring and three in the fall. Learn more and apply here.

Missouri Lake