Carl Morrow Annual Giving Program
The Carl Morrow Annual Giving Program is a small grants program established by the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust in 1994 in memory of their long-time chairman. Carl Morrow was a Jefferson City, Missouri resident, life-long sportsman and a successful businessman. Above all, however, Carl worked to protect Missouri’s natural resources. Even after he retired as the Executive Vice-President of Missouri Power and Light, he continued to serve as the Foundation’s leader and guiding light.
In establishing the Carl Morrow Giving Program, the trustees sought to reflect the organization’s original purpose – “To build a greater appreciation among the state’s citizenry of the need to protect our natural resources and our outdoor heritage through the dissemination of information and the support of research and education”.
The Foundation trustees wished to recognize Carl Morrow’s contributions to conservation and, especially to the establishment of the Foundation’s investment fund. Although the Trust is not large, each year the Trust awards thousands of dollars under its Carl Morrow Small Grants program.
Examples of the grants include the Federation’s Youth Conservation Corps, a mentoring program which is working to get more youth involved as active volunteer conservationists, the Federation’s Conservationist of the Year awards, promotion of urban forestry, and funding for award-winning Stream Team projects.
Grant proposals of statewide significance, such as projects that promote the continuation of the 1/8 of 1% conservation sales tax and the 1/10th of 1% parks and soils sales tax, completion and enhancement of the Katy Trail, and other statewide projects relating to fish, wildlife, forest, parks and outdoor recreation, water pollution control and natural resource protection will be looked on most favorably.
In the first year of the program, the Foundation approved grants for nine projects totaling $6,525.00. In recent years over $13,000 in grants have been awarded annually.
The annual Stream Team grants which are automatically available for the six annual award-winning Stream Teams are one example of the type of grants the Foundation makes under this program. Annual grant amounts begin at $250 and but will not exceed $5,000. A 12-month grant period is preferred however multi-year projects will be considered. Organization applicants should have a 501 (c) (3) tax status or the equivalent. The Foundation is a public, tax-deductible trust which you can support through a donation to the address below or through your workplace giving campaign.
The Foundation’s CFC code for Federal Employees is 67305; 8407 for state employees participating in the Missouri state campaign.
To apply for a Carl Morrow Grant please complete the form below and return to us as soon as possible.