Mowing to Monarchs

This program is an effort to encourage Dubuque County residents, cities, and county departments to establish residential pollinator habitat. Mowing to Monarchs focuses on encouraging three planting types; native pocket planting, pollinator beneficial trees and shrubs, and pollinator meadows.  All types vary in their requirements of space, money, timing, and maintenance but, we believe there is a project for everyone.

Why are these pollinator plantings important?

It is estimated that 70-87% of flowering plants rely on pollinators. What is a pollinator? It’s any organism that helps cross pollinate plants. Do you like fruits and vegetables? Okay then, what about chocolate and coffee? Well, there would be none of those without pollinators and they need your help! Pollinator populations have been steadily declining and it can be attributed to habitat loss as well as pesticide use and pathogens.

Mowing to Monarchs Cost Share:Monarch on Goldenrod (JPEG)

Two types of grants available:

  • Cost share grants for individual landowners implementing pollinator habitat.
  • Cost share grants for local city governments within Dubuque County installing pollinator habitat.

Individual Landowner Cost Share: Mowing to Monarchs offers a combination of workshops, private coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing native pollinator planting in lawns. Dubuque County residents can apply to be reimbursed for up to $350 in costs associated with establishing pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications for 2021 projects are accepted through October 30th, 2020, and can fund up to 60 landowners. Funding decisions and all notifications will be emailed in November for spring 2021 installations. 

A second application could open in late January if extra funds exists.  

City Governments Cost Share: Eligible communities aiming to enhance pollinator habitat in key corridors, raise awareness for residential pollinator protection, and showcase best practices are encouraged to apply.

Match Requirements:

  • Applicants must provide at least 25% match for funding received. This match can be in the form of purchasing materials, hiring contractors, or as in kind (your) time spent planting or maintaining plants (at $25/hr). 
  • Needs to be Iowa native vegetation. 
  • On site consultation from landscape designer, contractor site prep (sod removal, etc.), plant seeds, wood mulch, seed and plants, maintenance of projects are also able to be submitted
  • Non herbicide methods of site prep—soil solarization, sod removal, etc. 

Submit Your Application (available  10/1/2020 - 10/30/2020)