Water Funding


MARC, on behalf of the Water Quality Public Education Committee annually requests proposals from individuals and community groups to implement educational activities, events or projects designed to promote actions that will improve water quality in the Kansas City area. The committee wants to continue its focus on educating citizens about stormwater as a primary source of water pollution and about actions that individuals can take to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater that enters our lakes, rivers and streams.

Click here for information on the 2024 Water Quality grant.

Group cleaning up a waterway as part of a grant project

Program funders

Grant funds are administered by Mid-America Regional Council. The program is funded by local municipal contributions.

Grant Priorities

This grant program is designed to improve public understanding about the negative impact that stormwater runoff has on our local rivers and streams. The grants allow community groups to develop their own educational activities, host events and help planned projects become a reality. The call for applications takes place every fall.

Nonprofit organizations and community groups are eligible to apply for grant funding under this program. Government entities are not eligible to apply. Grant funds must be used to support activity and/or event planning, project implementation and associated costs.

Selected proposals must address at least one of the following water quality education goals:

  • Provide public education about the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff and water pollution.
  • Promote policies and management practices that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution.
  • Implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution in area creeks and streams.