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See a complete list of our grant recipients since the program began in 2012.
Grant monies were derived from the profits made on Monarchs Across Georgia's 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.

For reference, the information on this page remains although we will not be offering Pollinator Habitat Grants this fiscal year.
Projects must create or enhance an outdoor Pollinator Habitat that fulfills the specific requirements of the Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat Certification and the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.  A certificate and sign for each of these programs will be awarded at no charge when the project has been completed.

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

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
  • Professional development directly related to the utilization of pollinator habitat (limited to $250.00)
  • Registration and certification as a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch

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 (currently being revised) for details.)

Eligible Applicants 

To apply, the individual applying must…

  • Be an employee, volunteer or owner/ administrator associated with the school, organization or business 
  • Complete the online application form
  • If chosen as a grant recipient, the applicant and the administrator and/or business/ property owner will be required to sign a sub-agreement that contains a 10-year sustainability clause.


Currently our grant period is closed.  We will not be able to offer Pollinator Habitat Grants this fiscal year.

In the past, the deadline for online applications was November 15.  Applicants would be notified by December 31.  Funds would be distributed in January as soon as signed sub-agreements and any questions concerning the application had been answered. All funds would need to be expended according to the proposed plan with the  final report due June 15.  The application for Pollinator Habitat Certification would need to be submitted and the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail joined before the final report deadline. 

What information will you need to complete the application?

 As a reference for future grants, download a TEMPLATE. This template provides all of the questions that are on 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.
To evaluate the application, we use Rubric for Evaluation of Applications.

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.
Timeline of Tasks Excel Spreadsheet
Budget Excel Spreadsheet

 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.  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.

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:

GA Native Plant Society (website): Perennial Bloom Chart

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

Pollinator Partnership (PDF): Selecting Plants for Pollinators: Southeastern Mixed Forest Province

Butterflies and Moths of North America (website)

The Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society (website): Butterfly Gardening

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

Attracting Native Pollinators by The Xerces Society (book)


In reference to the 2015-16 awarded mini-grants, all funds must be obligated and all proposed work completed according to the approved plan by the Final Report date.  The final report including the online applications for Pollinator Habitat Certification and the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail must be submitted no later than September 15, 2016.  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

Photo Release Form

Final Report Partner Contributions Summary

Final Report Budget Summary

Questions? Contact [email protected].