The Chesapeake Bay Trust Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program has issued an RFP for urban green infrastructure proposals.
The goal of the program is to help communities in Maryland and across the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Virginia develop and implement plans to 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 program is intended to facilitate and encourage communities’ integration of green techniques into traditional gray infrastructure projects. Several practices may be employed to enhance green spaces in communities, including the implementation of urban green stormwater practices, increasing urban tree canopy, replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials, and greening urban vacant lots.
Funding is available for five types of projects:
Green Street Conceptual Plan — Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for the first step in the planning process as part of a broader, integrated community watershed plan.
Green Street Engineered Design — Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded in support of proposals for engineered designs which include all of the design elements that would result in a final implementable design. At the completion of an engineered design project, the proposed designs and specification deliverables should be at least 90 percent complete
Green Street Implementation/Construction of Green Streets — Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of implementation/construction proposals which will result in a complete green street that leverages funding from other sources for its gray infrastructure components (streets, sidewalks, utility upgrades, etc.) and/or repaving of a street or road realignment. Leveraging ongoing planning, design, and construction activities and private capital is important; the strongest proposals will describe projects pursued in concert with existing street and other gray infrastructure re-design and/or repair projects. The strongest proposals will also consider sustainability in terms of building and strengthening community coalitions that can carry urban greening programs forward beyond the life of the award.
Community Greening — Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for proposals that aim to increase urban tree canopy and green vacant lots. Applicants may request funds for urban street tree planting and to green vacant lots by planting trees, installing community gardens and urban farms, implementing pollinator gardens, implementing other green infrastructure stormwater BMPs, and conducting routine maintenance as identified through an approved maintenance plan. Funds may be requested for design, plant material, rental of equipment, and payment of maintenance staff.
White Papers — Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in support of white papers that summarize one or more aspects of green infrastructure or tools that promote green infrastructure efforts.
Eligible applicants include local government, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood/community associations. 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.
See the Chesapeake Bay Trust website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.