Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns

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. 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.

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns grant funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3 (excludes New York). Use this kmz file in Google Earth to determine if your project is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3.

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.
  • The grant program also supports white papers on innovative ideas for green infrastructure and charrettes to plan and vision a green streets project with developers, citizens, planners, and other key stakeholders.

Who can apply:
Local governments such as municipalities, non-profit organizations, neighborhood/community associations, and other nonprofit entities

How much can be awarded:
Up to $15,000 for conceptual plans
Up to $30,000 for engineered design projects
Up to $75,000 for implementation projects
Up to $20,000 for white papers

If selected, charrette applicants will receive technical assistance rather than direct funding.

Is match required?
Match is encouraged but not required.

Deadline:
March 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Program Status
The grant program is currently OPEN. You can view the most recent RFP here.

Grant Application Process
The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Jeffrey Popp, at 410-974-2941 ext. 103.

Read the full RFP
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