Pollinators By The Yard Neighborhood Demonstration Grant

Are you concerned about the fate of pollinators, especially the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, Minnesota’s official state bee?

Apply for Pollinators by the Yard Funding!Bumble with pollen sac on Purple Cone Flower

Three Maplewood neighborhoods will compete for funding for at least 15 to 25 pollinator demonstration gardens. Homeowners in the winning neighborhood could receive garden planning, native plants, and labor to create yards attractive to pollinators, up to a $1,500 value! Neighborhoods were narrowed down by US Fish and Wildlife rusty patched bumble bee high potential zones and recent sightings, and previous neighborhood interest responses. Which neighborhood will be selected? Here are a few details:

  • Your yard must fall within the boundaries of one of our competing neighborhoods (click on map link below)
  • Eligible project types include pocket gardens, pollinator beneficial trees and shrubs, pollinator meadows, and bee lawns. For more information on the project types or turf alternatives, visit Blue Thumb’s website
  • Preference will be given to yards with high visibility and ability to install more than one project type
  • Participants awarded funding are required to contribute a 10% match
  • Grantees must take a No Pesticide Pledge and plant only insecticide/neonicotinoid free, non-cultivar Minnesota native perennials (with a few exceptions)
  • Participants must participate in three required and one elective Pollinators by the Yard classes through Maplewood Nature Center

It may be best to use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to open the application using the Apply Online Now button. 

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If you don’t live in one of these neighborhoods and will still like to create pollinator habitat in your yard, you can apply for a BWSR Lawns to Legumes individual grant through Blue Thumb.

The Pollinators by the Yard Challenge is funded by a Lawns to Legumes Demonstration Neighborhood Grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Thank you to our partners at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District for their support.

To ensure success of installed Pollinators by the Yard landscaping projects, applicants are required to participate in three how-to classes and at least one additional class of your choice: 

  1. Pollinators by the Yard: Assess and Design Webinar - required
  2. Native Plants for Pollinators Webinar - required
  3. Organic Methods for Preparation and Maintenance of Wild Gardens Webinar - required  

Additional classes:

The four types of landscaping projects eligible for the Pollinators by the Yard Neighborhood Challenge grant or Blue Thumb individual grants are listed below:

  • Pocket Garden - A small sunny to shady native wildflower planting. Can be combined with other project types!
  • Trees and Shrubs - One flowering tree can provide as much nectar and pollen as an entire garden. Large trees can even intercept hundreds of gallons of rain to prevent runoff.
  • Pollinator Meadow - Expansive areas full of a diversity of native plants, much like the original prairie that covered the Great Plains, or a woodland understory. Consider this if you have a large yard.
  • Bee Lawn – A pollinator lawn that introduces a diversity of low-growing flowering plants into a typical lawn and requires minimal mowing. Revel in the intricate beauty of bees and butterflies!

Seasons-  Pollinators by the Yard Details!

Neighborhood Overview Map

Native Plant Nurseries

BWSR’s Featured Plant Archive

Planting for Pollinators Habitat Guide

Lawns to Legumes Link