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See a complete list of our grant recipients since the program began in 2012.
Until 2016, grant monies were derived from the profits made on Monarchs Across Georgia's native plant sales and from the financial support of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southeast Region.  We appreciate the technical advice and funds provided through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program.
  We are honored to also partner with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail in habitat restoration and conservation efforts.

Grant monies for the 2019-20 year have come exclusively from Monarchs Across Georgia's native plant sales. Congratulations to our new grant recipients - Arcardo Elementary School in Lilburn, Lavonia Elementary School in Lavonia, Marietta High School in Marietta and Southern Conservation Trust in Fayetteville.

Projects must create or enhance an outdoor Pollinator Habitat that fulfills the specifiMonarch Watstation logoc requirements of the Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat Certification.  A certificate will be provided as a benefit to each grant recipient when the requirements are fulfilled. We recommend certifying your habitat Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail logowith the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail and the Monarch Watch Monarch Waystation program for educational purposes but these are not grant requirements.

The project must include an educational component (signage, brochure, program, outreach, etc.) regarding pollination and promote Monarchs Across Georgia's Pollinator Habitat Certification Program. 

Eligible Projects

Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat grants must be used on a site within the state of Georgia and can be used to fund the following:

  • Plants, seeds, soil amendments, mulch, hardscape (raised beds, trellises, basking or puddling features...) and irrigation equipment
  • Instructional materials directly used for and related to the project, i.e., seed-starting/growing system, hand lenses, field guides, children’s books, curriculum guides
  • Signage, brochure or materials directly related to the project’s educational component including Monarchs Across Georgia's Pollinator Habitat Certification signage
  • Professional development directly related to the utilization of pollinator habitat (limited to $150.00)



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Pollinator Habitat grants cannot be used for:

  • Salaries, payments, or stipends to teachers, grant applicants or contractors
  • Travel expenses
  • Food or beverages
  • T-shirts or other  “swag” items
  • Memorials or monuments
  • Items used solely for beautification
  • Insecticides
  • Milkweeds not native to Georgia (See Milkweeds of Georgia Field Guide for details.)

Eligible Applicants

To apply, the individual applying must…

  • Be a member of the Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) throughout the grant period (Become an EEA member at )
  • Be an employee, volunteer or owner/ administrator associated with the school, organization or business
  • Complete the online application form and all additional required forms


The application period for 2019-20 grants is open.

The deadline for online applications is November 15, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by December 31, 2019.  Funds will be distributed in January 2020 as soon as any questions concerning the application have been answered. All funds would need to be expended according to the proposed plan with the  final report due June 15, 2020.  The application for Pollinator Habitat Certification would need to be submitted before the final report deadline.

What information will you need to complete the application?

  1. Download a TEMPLATE. This template provides all of the questions that are in the online form and space for you to answer them in Word format.  This will allow you to (1) have a copy of what you enter into the online form and (2) make it easier to complete the online form by simply cutting and pasting your answers.
  2. You will also need to download, complete, save and then e-mail the following Excel Spreadsheets to [email protected] as part of the grant application process. Be sure to put MAG Grant and the organization's name in the subject line of the email.                                           

  3. Review the information, rubric, references and resources below before completing the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

To evaluate the application, we use Rubric for Evaluation of Applications.

You must be able to...

  • Describe your target audience and list your educational objectives
  • Provide a timeline, detailed budget, and sustainability plan
  • List your team members and partners and their responsibilities
  • You will also need to upload a schematic diagram of your Pollinator Habitat or email it to [email protected].  This must include the dimensions of your habitat space, the plant species to be used and their placement.  Remember that Pollinator Habitats must fulfill the requirements for certification!
  • You can opt to use one of the design plans that were developed by Monarchs Across Georgia.  Plan A is a rectangular bed; Plan B is a corner or triangular-shaped bed. By choosing one of these plans you must incorporate all of the design elements and plants into your project.  Be sure that this is evident in your budget.

Resources/ References

Sample Pollinator Habitats (Plan A and B designs, host and nectar plant list, bloom periods, and gardening tips)

Sample Pollinator Habitat Plant List
This information is also available on our web page Sample Pollinator Habitats.

Resources for bloom times and host plant species:

Southeast Plants for Native Bees by The Xerces Society (PDF)

Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides (website)

Butterflies and Moths of North America We recommend that you use this reference to determine butterfly host plants.

Caterpillars of Eastern North America by David L. Wagner (book)

Attracting Native Pollinators by The Xerces Society (book)

Final Report Information and Forms

The final report including the online application for Pollinator Habitat Certification must be submitted no later than June 15, 2020.  Below are  a Template for compiling your report, downloadable documents for photo releases, the summary of budget and partner contributions, and the link to the online reporting form.


Online Final Report Form

Copyright Release Form (for images, photos, and video)

Final Report Partner Contributions Summary

Final Report Budget Summary

Questions? Contact [email protected]