NOWO – Grant Program Info

North Oakland Wild Ones (NOWO), Chapter of Wild Ones Native Plants

2023 NOWO Grant Program

Applications are requested for native plant project proposals 

             November 1, 2022 – February 1, 2023


  1. North Oakland Wild Ones History and Mission
  2. Funding
  3. Eligibility
  4. General Requirements for Proposal Submissions
  5. Proposal Evaluation Criteria
  6. How to Submit
  7. Awards
  8. Reporting 
  9. Questions
  1. North Oakland Wild Ones History and Mission

In January 2010, the North Oakland Chapter of Wild Ones (NOWO) was founded. We serve those in Southeast Michigan who are interested in native plants. Our goal is to educate and promote the benefit and use of Michigan native plants, which we do by providing presentations, workshops, garden visits and grant opportunities. 

Wild Ones Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with 67 chapters in 23 states.

Wild Ones Mission: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

  1. Funding 

The maximum request is $500. There is no minimum request.

  1. Eligibility 

Public schools, non-profits, municipalities and government owned facilities may apply.

  1. General Requirements for Proposal Submissions

Funding is limited to the purchase of Michigan native plants and seeds and for the purchase of educational signage with the Wild Ones logo. Find NOWO’s native plant/seed resource list here: 

Proposals should include the following, submitted in order, essay format and less than three pages: 

  1. Project summary and goals
  2. How will the project impact the local community and/or ecosystem, will it function as green infrastructure
  3. Any partner involvement
  4. Any provided match, such as staff time, or other project purchases
  5. Volunteer involvement if applicable
  6. Site information
    • Address or coordinates
    • Current site conditions and description i.e. upland, stream bank, existing garden, etc.
    • General soil type, lighting conditions, moisture conditions
    • Size
    • Site plan (attach sketch separately)
    • Maintenance plan for first year
  7. Plant/seed list with quantities and source (attach list separately)
  8. Project timeline 
  9. Budget 
  10. Long term maintenance plan
  1. Proposal Evaluation Criteria 
  • A clear and concise proposal that adheres to the general requirements of submission
  • Realistic project goals and long-term maintenance
  • Projects that involve the community and improve current site conditions
  • Projects that use only Michigan native plants/seeds


  1. How to Submit

Email grant proposal along with attachments to [email protected] no later than midnight on February 1, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered. 


  1. Awards

Grant awards will be announced via email by March 1, 2023. 


  1. Reporting

NOWO asks that a follow up report be submitted by November 1st of the year the grant was awarded.   This report should contain a brief summary of the project results along with pictures and any other relevant information.