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, 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 this 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.
What this funds: This program supports design projects, financing strategies, and/or implementation of green street projects. This program also supports white papers on innovative ideas for green infrastructure and charrettes to plan and vision a green street project with developers, citizens, planners, and other key stakeholders. 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 location is eligible. Applicants applying for the implementation/construction and greening of vacant lots will be asked to use the G3 Implementation Project Calculator spreadsheet to show the breakdown of Green Infrastructure costs. 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 designs, up to $100,000 for implementation projects, up to $50,000 for greening communities and urban vacant lots, up to $20,000 for white papers. Is match required? Match is encouraged but not required. 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.
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“The number one benefit of a green street is a sense of place. What we’ve done here is not just take care of our polluted runoff, but we’ve also created a beautiful streetscape that people appreciate. We have LED lights which are very bright and are energy efficient, lush native vegetation, and also bike lanes and sidewalks. The street and the town has a facelift and that facelift affects the folks who live on this street, around this street, and the businesses that are here.”Adam OrtizDirector, Prince George's County, Maryland, Department of the Environment