The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting applications for the Chesapeake Bay Green Street-Green Jobs-Green Towns Initiative, which supports local, grassroots-level greening efforts to reduce stormwater runoff in towns and communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The initiative provides design and implementation funds for projects meant to enhance green spaces in urbanized communities, including the implementation of green stormwater practices, increasing urban tree canopy, and replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials. One type of project that can include all three of these practices and increase a community’s sustainability is the "green street."
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.
The program also supports white papers on innovative ideas for green infrastructure.
The initiative will award grants of up to $15,000 for conceptual plans, up to $30,000 for design projects, up to $75,000 for implementation projects, and up to $20,000 for white papers.
Green Streets Funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3 and all of Maryland (excluding New York State).
Local governments, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood/community associations, and other nonprofit entities are eligible to apply.
See the CBT website for complete program guidelines and application information.