David Risberg Memorial Affiliate Grant Program

The David Risberg Memorial Affiliate Grants are awarded by the Conservation Federation of Missouri in honor of David A. Risberg. Only CFM affiliated organizations are eligible to apply. The purpose of these grants is to provide an opportunity for affiliates to take action on conservation by implementing projects funded in whole or in part through this endowment.

2020 Application Period Opens September 12, 2019, and  Closes- December 31, 2019.


  1. Provide support for implementing a conservation project.
  2. Provide an opportunity for people to take action on a conservation issue or to grow the conservation movement.
  3. Provide support enabling an affiliate to implement a conservation program, project or campaign to advance conservation priorities.


CFM is awarding $10,000 in 2020. These grants are to support the implementation of conservation stewardship projects by affiliates within Missouri. Grant requests for up to $2,500 will be considered. We anticipate the average grant award will be between $1,000 and $2,000. Partial funding of the amount of the grant request may be awarded by the committee – indicate on the application whether partial funding would be accepted.

Each funded project will be required to assemble a description of their project to be presented at the 2020 Affiliate Summit, and a slide presentation of the outcome of their project to be displayed at the 2021 CFM Annual Convention. You may or may not have a representative present to talk about your project. Funded projects will be notified by CFM on or about March 1, 2020. Funds will be distributed upon receipt of the signed agreement.


Eligible participants include non-profit organizations, 501(c)3 corporations, or community groups that are affiliates of CFM. Grants may be awarded to CFM affiliate without official 501(c)3 status but will require a fiscal agent to receive the funds. Only proposals that take place in Missouri will be considered. Preference will be given to smaller organizations with more limited sources of alternative funding. If you are uncertain about eligibility, please contact


  • Youth hunting, fishing or outdoor recreational programs
  • Equipment and supplies for a habitat restoration project (stipulations may apply)
  • Licensing fees to show a conservation-themed documentary
  • Tools or supporting materials for an “outdoor classroom” program of conservation education
  • Supplies and instructor expenses for a conservation-themed workshop or special course
  • Speaker fees for a conservation-themed program
  • Native plants for habitat restoration or a bird sanctuary, a butterfly garden, etc.
  • Trail or stream maintenance or improvement projects


Grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement, submit a final report that includes both a financial and narrative summary, and comply with all terms of the agreement. Projects must be completed by March 1, 2021, and the final report is due within 4 weeks of project completion or equipment/supplies purchase. Final reports should include pictures and copies of publicity/news articles (if applicable).


  • Send in one or two photographs or images (if available) that capture the project, plan or group involved in the proposal. (This will appear as part of a project profile on the CFM website).
  • Download and complete 2020 CFM David Risberg Memorial Grant Application, which requires information in the following areas.
  • Project description: Give a detailed but concise description of project objectives, activities, and associated timeline (grant funds available as early as March 1, 2020, and projects must be completed by March 1, 2021).
  • Measurable outcomes: Identify a few specific, measurable outcomes which demonstrate the success of your project
  • Project partner(s): List any partner organizations and briefly describe their contribution
  • Project budget and grant request amount (indicate whether partial funding would be accepted)
  • Project location(s) (description, address, map–please be as specific as possible)
  • Project participants (estimate of the number of participants or others benefitting from the project)
  • Project’s connection to CFM/Missouri
  • Organization(s) and contact information: List the information for the individual to be contacted about the grant award, and responsible for implementation and reporting the project
  • Fiscal responsibility: Identify the grantee fiscal agent and signature authority for grant agreement, and list nine-digit Federal Tax ID Number. Provide contact information for the signature authority.
  • Letter of partner commitment, if applicable
  • CFM must be recognized as a funder of your project in any media or marketing related to your funded project.
  • Ongoing projects may not be funded once they’ve been funded for more than 2 consecutive years. This will allow CFM to diversify the projects we fund.


A committee composed of CFM board members and community representatives will rank the proposals based on the following criteria (100 points possible):

  • Conservation impact/relevance to the mission (75 points)
  • Availability of matching funds (10 points)
  • Affiliate capacity-building potential (5 points)
  • Project feasibility and cost-effectiveness (5 points)
  • Technical merit (5 points)


2019 Application Period Opens September 12, 2019

December 31: Applications for grant proposals close. All proposal materials are due. Scan and email to or mail (must be postmarked by December 31, 2019) to 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

January 15: Proposal Review Committee completes application review and makes grant awards; all applicants will be notified about grant status within two weeks thereafter.

March 7 – March 31: Checks will be mailed to recipients upon receipt of signed grant agreements.

30 days following project completion: Project report due to CFM (including any unused funds)

March 2020: Grant recipients from 2020 showcase their projects at the 2021 CFM Annual Convention.

2020 CFM David Risberg Memorial Grant Application


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