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 $30,000 for 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 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Program Status

The grant program is currently CLOSED. 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.

Grant Questions & Technical Support

Jeffrey Popp
jpopp@cbtrust.org
410-974-2941 x103

To see the list of 2016 awardees with project descriptions, click here.

To visit EPA’s G3 webpage, click here.

Green Street Video: See project examples and hear from the community members and partners that participated in the green street projects: Green Streets: The Road to Clean Water.

Example Projects

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Building Acquisition and Expansion Project – Harrisburg, PA

Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County
The Carlisle Urban Stormwater Park (CUSP) Project- Summer 2016-Spring 2017 – Carlisle, PA

County of Blair
Blair County Emergency Services Parking Improvement Green Infrastructure Enhancements – Hollidaysburg, PA

Blue Water Baltimore
Improving Tree Health and Canopy in Deep Blue Neighborhoods – Baltimore City, MD

Parks and People Foundation
A “Green Street” Concept for Reisterstown Road in Mondawmin – Baltimore City, MD

Town of Bath
A Bath for the Bay – Berkeley Springs, WV

Town of Edmonston
Helping the Chesapeake’s Water Quality by Creating a Green Street that Will Create Green Jobs – Edmonston, MD

Borough of Chambersburg
Rhodes Drive Reconstruction and Stormwater BMP Implementation Project – Chambersburg, PA

James River Association
Integrating the Flow of People and Water in Bellemeade – Richmond, VA

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.
Showcasing Green Infrastructure at an Urban Nature Sanctuary – Chevy Chase, MD

Southeast Community Development Corporation
Connecting Tree Canopies in Highlandtown – Baltimore City, MD

The Town of Burkittsville
Burkittsville Green Street and Stormwater Master Plan – Burkittsville, MD

City of Salisbury
City of Salisbury Main Street Masterplan – Salisbury, MD

Town of Capitol Heights
Chambers Ave Green Street – Capitol Heights, MD

Ashland

College Park

Mount Rainier

Belair Edison

Delmar

Northeast

Southeast Baltimore

Bladensburg

Forest Heights

Northumberland

Takoma Park

Cambridge

Hyattsville

O-Street/Dunbar HS

Water Environment Federation

Capitol Heights

Real Food Farm

York

Branch Avenue