Small Grants Program

Rainscaping Small Grants Program

Program Updates

The MSD Rainscaping Small Grants Program is open! Now ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS on a rolling basis! No specific application deadline. Read below for direction.

There will be a live orientation to the MSD Rainscaping Small Grants Program on Thursday, August 15, 2024 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the MSD Headquarters. Click here to register by August 9, 2024.

Small Grant Program Overview

MSDPC Background

Learn a bit about MSD’s goals, role in the community and why this and other programs are taking place. 

Program Communication

Official communications regarding this Program are made by email. Be sure to add to your address book and check your spam folder periodically to make sure that you do not miss any messages.

Sign up on the register page (MSD Small Grants Program Registration ( to receive Program notifications.

After watching all videos and reading through the landowner handbook in its entirety, feel free to direct any additional questions you have to or 314-577-0202.

The Metropolitan Sewer District and the Missouri Botanical Garden are committed to offering this program to all eligible participants. Should you require any accessibility accommodations, please contact or 314-577-0202.

Program Outline

Do NOT begin construction until your application is approved and you have received a Notice to Proceed.

The video below and Landowner Handbook will serve as your guide throughout the application process. After viewing the orientation video, be sure to complete the survey in order to satisfy the Program’s orientation requirement.

Electronic applications will not be accepted. You must mail or hand-deliver your application to the address at the bottom of the page.

Typical Application Evaluation Timelines

While there are no deadlines, we recommend submitting your application by:
  • January 1st for a Spring Installation
  • June 1st for a Fall Installation

MSD Project Clear & The Community

Project Clear is MSD’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD will invest billions of dollars over a generation for community rainscaping projects, system improvements, and an ambitious program of maintenance and repair. Rainscaping investments alone will total $120 million.  Last season, over 100 applications were selected to receive grant funding, totaling more than $425,000.

Orientation Video

In order to meet the program’s orientation requirement, attend an in-person presentation or watch the recorded video orientation below, then complete the following survey.

After reviewing all videos, please complete the following survey to ensure your orientation requirement is recorded as complete..


(314) 577-0202   |

Resources and Documents

1. Application Documents
2. Rainscaping Informational Resources
3. Contractor and Educational Signage Resources
4. Rainscaping Design Documents

Applications must be submitted in physical form to this address:

MSD Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants
c/o Missouri Botanical Garden – Sustainability Division
EarthWays Center – CBEC-West
4651 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Be sure to make a copy for yourself, in case anything is lost in the mail and consider saving electronically.