David Risberg Memorial Affiliate Grant Program

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The David Risberg Memorial Affiliate Grants are awarded by the Conservation Federation of Missouri in honor of David A. Risberg. Only CFM affiliated organizations, in good standing, are eligible to apply. The purpose of these grants is to provide an opportunity for affiliates to take action on conservation by implementing projects funded in whole or in part through this endowment.

The 2024 Application Period Opens on September 7, 2023, and Closes on December 15, 2023.


CFM could award grants up to $20,000 in 2024. These grants support the implementation of conservation stewardship projects by affiliates within Missouri. Grant requests for up to $2,500 will be considered. The committee may award partial funding of the amount of the grant request – indicate on the application whether partial funding would be accepted.


Eligible participants include non-profit organizations, 501(c)3 corporations, or community groups that are affiliates of CFM. Grants may be awarded to CFM affiliate without official 501(c)3 status but will require a fiscal agent to receive the funds. Only proposals that take place in Missouri will be considered. Preference will be given to smaller organizations with more limited sources of alternative funding. If you are uncertain about eligibility, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Michelle at  mgabelsberger@confedmo.org.


  1. Provide support for implementing a conservation project.
  2. Provide an opportunity for people to take action on a conservation issue or to grow the conservation movement.
  3. Provide support enabling an affiliate to implement a conservation program, project or campaign to advance conservation priorities.


  • Youth hunting, fishing, or outdoor recreational programs
  • Equipment and supplies for a habitat restoration project (stipulations may apply)
  • Licensing fees to show a conservation-themed documentary
  • Tools or supporting materials for an “outdoor classroom” program of conservation education
  • Supplies and instructor expenses for a conservation-themed workshop or special course
  • Native plants for habitat restoration or a bird sanctuary, a butterfly garden, etc.
  • Trail or stream maintenance or improvement projects


Grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement, submit a final report that includes both a financial and narrative summary, and comply with all terms of the agreement. Projects must be completed by March 1, 2025, and the final report is due within 4 weeks of project completion or equipment/supplies purchase. Final reports should include pictures and copies of publicity/news articles (if applicable).


  • Send in one or two photographs or images (if available) that capture the project, plan, or group involved in the proposal. (This will appear as part of a project profile on the CFM website).
  • Download and complete the 2024 CFM David Risberg Memorial Grant Application. 2023 CFM David Risberg Memorial Grant Application- Word
  • Project description: Give a detailed but concise description of project objectives, activities, and associated timeline (grant funds available as early as March 1, 2024, and projects must be completed by March 1, 2025).
  • Measurable outcomes: Identify a few specific, measurable outcomes which demonstrate the success of your project
  • Project partner(s): List any partner organizations and briefly describe their contribution
  • Project budget and grant request amount (indicate whether partial funding would be accepted)
  • Project location(s): description, address, county, map–please be as specific as possible
  • Project participants: an estimate of the number of participants or others benefitting from the project and total volunteer hours.
  • Organization(s) and contact information: List the information for the individual to be contacted about the grant award, and responsible for implementation and reporting the project
  • Fiscal responsibility: Identify the grantee fiscal agent and signature authority for grant agreement, and list nine-digit Federal Tax ID Number. Provide contact information for the signature authority.
  • Letter of partner commitment, if applicable
  • CFM must be recognized as a funder of your project in any media or marketing related to your funded project.
  • Ongoing projects may not be funded once they’ve been funded for more than 2 consecutive years. This will allow CFM to diversify the projects we fund.


A committee composed of CFM board members and community representatives will rank the proposals based on the following criteria (100 points possible):

  • Conservation impact/relevance to the mission (75 points)
  • Availability of matching funds (10 points)
  • Affiliate capacity-building potential (5 points)
  • Project feasibility and cost-effectiveness (5 points)
  • Technical merit (5 points)


2024 grant cycle opens on September 7, 2023.

December 15: Applications for grant proposals close. All proposal materials are due. Scan and email to Michelle at mgabelsberger@confedmo.org or mail (must be postmarked by December 15, 2023) to 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

January: Committee completes the application review and makes grant awards.

February: All applicants will be notified about grant status.

March 7 – March 31: Checks will be mailed to recipients upon receipt of signed grant agreements.

30 days following project completion: Project report due to CFM (including any unused funds) Project Close-Out Report Click here.

September: Grant recipients from 2024 will submit 2-3 PowerPoint slides for the Affiliate Summit.

March 2025: Grant recipients to showcase their projects at the 2025 CFM Annual Convention.

2024 CFM David Risberg Memorial Grant Application

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2020 Grant Recipients

The 17 CFM Affiliates who received a share of the $17,730 distributed through the inaugural David Risberg Memorial Grants are:

Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri
Forest Releaf of Missouri
Greenbelt Land Trust of Missouri
Land Learning Foundation
Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy
Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation
Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation
Missouri Park Association
Missouri River Bird Observatory
Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition
Missouri Trappers Association
National Wild turkey Federation
Ozark Trail Association
Student Air Program
The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region
Wild Bird Rehabilitation