Funding Opportunities

ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program 2020

American Transmission Co. encourages planting low-growing, native flowering perennials within or directly adjacent to ATC transmission rights-of-way through their Pollinator Habitat Program. Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g., nature preservice, nonprofits or public land managers) within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for funding, which covers the cost of site preparations; purchasing seed, plugs or plants; labor and installation; or other actives to establish quality pollinator habitat.

Applications are accepted July 1 through Sept. 30 each year. Recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year. Awards range from $100 to $5,000. Click here for more information.

Seed a Legacy Program

The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s Seed A Legacy Pollinator Habitat Program is available for private, public and corporate lands in a 12-state region of the country critical to pollinator health and habitat needs.

Applications are accepted for projects in the following states:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

For more information on this funding opportunity, click here.

Free Milkweeds for Restoration Projects

The Spring 2022 application is officially open! Free milkweeds are available for habitat restoration projects in the Eastern and Western range of the monarch butterfly. Please keep reading to see if your project qualifies for free milkweeds.

Monarch Watch and our partner nurseries have distributed over 650,000 free milkweeds for monarch butterfly habitat restoration since the program began in 2015. Thank you to our funding sources and everyone who has worked so hard to plant and care for these milkweeds!

This program focuses on distributing free milkweed plugs for large-scale habitat restoration projects throughout the range of the eastern monarch butterfly population (east of the Rocky Mountains) and the western population in California. The focus is on the main migration routes.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Free Milkweeds for Schools and Nonprofits

Monarchs and pollinators need our help due to habitat loss.

If your school or non-profit educational organization is interested in this conservation measure, we can help you create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Monarch Watch Milkweed Market

Monarch butterfly overwintering counts were at an all-time low during 2014-2015 seasons, and a winter storm in March 2016 killed many monarchs in Mexico. The widespread planting of herbicide tolerant crops, intensive farming, and the ethanol mandate has led to a rapid loss of habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. These important insects need our help. By planting milkweeds (the host plants for monarch caterpillars) and nectar plants for adult monarchs and pollinators, you can help maintain the monarch migration and sustain the insects whose pollination services maintain our ecosystems.

Visit the Milkweed Market website to find and purchase milkweed in your area.