Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust


Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 16, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Maryland, Counties in Delaware: Kent County, New Castle County, Sussex County Expand all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Maryland, Counties in Delaware: Kent County, New Castle County, Sussex County Expand all

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Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA), Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust), and the City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, was created to support design projects, financing strategies, and/or implementation of green street projects.

The goal of the Chesapeake Bay G3 Grant Program is to:

  • help communities develop and implement plans that reduce stormwater runoff;
  • increase the number and amount of green spaces in urban areas;
  • improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay; and
  • enhance quality of life and community livability.

The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program was created to support design projects, financing strategies, and/or implementation of green street projects. The goal is stormwater management retrofits such as constructing green streets, greening of urban vacant lots, and urban tree canopy projects that enhance livability in cities and communities that can be replicated elsewhere. A green street:

  • minimizes impacts on the surroundings through a natural systems approach incorporating a variety of water quality, energy-efficiency, and other environmental best practices;
  • integrates a system of stormwater management features to increase infiltration and/or filtration of runoff, reduce flows, and enhance watershed health;
  • reduces the amount of water that is piped directly to streams and rivers;
  • makes the best use of the street tree canopy for stormwater interception as well as temperature mitigation and air quality improvement;
  • encourages pedestrian and/or bicycle access; and
  • provides an aesthetic advantage to a community.

This collaborative effort supports implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order and serves as a key component of EPA’s Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Partnership. The G3 Partnership provides support for local, grassroots-level greening efforts to reduce stormwater runoff from towns and communities in urbanized watersheds.

How much can be awarded:

  • Up to $30,000 for design projects
  • Up to $75,000 for implementation projects
  • Up to $20,000 for white papers

Applicants must be interested in integrating green stormwater infrastructure as a matter of standard practice in current or future strategies. Greening schools to connect teacher professional development, student learning, stormwater retrofits, and the green street projects are encouraged.  In addition, greening vacant lots to enhance urban areas is also encouraged. The G3 program is intended to support and foster market incentives for green infrastructure by building local and county-level capacity to implement innovative and cost-effective projects.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Who can apply?
    • Local governments such as municipalities,
    • Non-profit organizations,
    • Neighborhood/community associations, and
    • Other nonprofit entities.
  • Funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region III (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C), and all of Maryland (excludes New York).
  • Types of Eligible Projects - Assistance in this program is available for:
    • Conceptual plan;
    • Engineered design;
    • Implementation/construction of green streets and other green infrastructure projects;
    • White papers that analyze one or more aspects of green infrastructure;
    • Green Street Charrette; and
    • Greening Urban Vacant Lots.
  • Eligible budget items for construction/implementation projects include, but are not limited to:
    • Costs for removal of impervious surface, creation/expansion of street tree pits, curb cutting, and other preparatory work in the installation of green practices.
    • Costs for plant and tree material, and restoration and construction materials such as mulch, tree tubes, gator bags, etc. In the budget table, justify the sizes and prices of the trees requested.
      • For volunteer planting projects, consider appropriately sized trees.
      • Trees should be native where possible and must be non-invasive.
    • Costs for pervious pavement and other best management practices associated with green streets and green infrastructure practices.
    • Interpretive signage for greening projects (strongly encouraged).
    • Staff time and consultant costs:
      • Staff and consultant time that directly supports project related tasks will be considered.
      • Be sure to include a description of the deliverables and scope of work that will be achieved by the staff person(s) and/or consultant for whom you are requesting funds.
      • Include benefits as a separate line (do not combine with salary) and indicate hours and the percent time devoted by each staff member to the project.

Preferences:

  • Funding partners will give priority to:
    • New applicants that demonstrate a need for a pilot project;
    • A commitment to integrate green infrastructure practices into larger green street/green community efforts supporting multiple environmental benefits;
    • Funding a new phase of an existing project(s) that provides greater opportunities for success;
    • Proposals for green streets where schools serve as an anchor for green infrastructure practices, increase stormwater education and literacy further local compliance, and improve the surrounding communities; and
    • Greening urban vacant lots (Baltimore City, MD, is a focus area).
  • Priority will also been given to projects that include partnerships, have matching funds, include opportunities to consider alternative financing for future success, demonstrate how green infrastructure is being integrated into planned gray infrastructure projects (repaving, utility upgrades, etc.) activities and are part of larger greening efforts. 
  • Match is encouraged but not required.

Ineligibility:

  • With limited exceptions, funds will not be supplied for costs associated with impervious surface paving or repaving, curb construction, and other “gray” infrastructure components.
    • However, outside funds used to pay for these costs can be considered to match to G3 grant funds.
    • In fact, the G3 Partnership encourages combining green streets projects with planned gray infrastructure construction (e.g., school septic line upgrade combined with green infrastructure implementation).


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