Green Infrastructure: Funding sources

Below find a list of current and past funding sources for green infrastructure.  Other websites helpful in identifying funding are also included.  

Current funding sources

  Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. 
     
  Clean Water Act section 319 grant program
EPA released final Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories for the Clean Water Act section 319 grant program on April 12, 2013. These guidelines are applicable for FY 2014 grant awards and subsequent section 319 grant awards, and replace guidelines that had been in effect since the 2004 grant cycle. These revised guidelines provide states and territories with a framework to use section 319 Clean Water Act grant funds to effectively implement their state nonpoint source management programs. These final guidelines are posted at www.epa.gov/nps/319
     
  EPA Center for Environmental Finance
The Center for Environmental Finance (CEF) assists the public and private sectors in their search for creative approaches to funding environmental programs and acquiring the tools and resources they need to meet environmental requirements.  Through leveraging and partnerships, the CEF provides technical assistance, education, and outreach to individual communities, small businesses, and tribal, state, and local governments.  This assistance helps them find financing solutions to meet the environmental standards necessary to protect human health and the environment.  The CEF also provides advice and recommendations to the Agency on environmental finance issues, trends, and options.

Other helpful sites to identify funding

  Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provided more than $5 billion annually in recent years to fund water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. A presentation by Cara Hendricks (Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (KWPCRF) Non-Point Source Program Coordinator) on this funding source can be viewed as a PDF.
     
 
Find a list of potential funding opportunities for your watershed.
     
  EPA's Municipal Handbook: Funding Options
This chapter of EPA's Municipal Handbook identifies and discusses two of the most common funding options that communities are using to fund green infrastructure - stormwater fees and loan programs. 

Past funding sources

  2014 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program
The USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks grant proposals to address the following priority issues: 1) Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the long-term Impacts of Climate Change; 2) Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis; 3) Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality. Potential grantees should work collaboratively with other organizations and entities not traditionally involved in urban and community forestry.  Application due: July 15, 2013 
     
  Local Sustainability Matching Fund
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) announces round 3 of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The Matching Fund is intended both to support significant urban sustainability projects and to build bridges between public sector sustainability leaders and local foundations. The Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.  Application due: May 22, 2013
 
Eligible entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are (1) the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county and (2) the local, place-based foundation.
     
  Water Quality Education Grants (Greater Kansas City area)
Mid-America Regional Council, on behalf of the Water Quality Education Committee, requests proposals from nonprofits and community groups to implement education activities, events or projects promoting actions to improve water quality in the Greater Kansas City area.  Project funding varies, but will not exceed $5,000 per project.  Proposals due: April 2, 2013.  View more information and the proposal application here [PDF].
     
  EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities
Many communities around the country are asking for tools to help them achieve their desired development goals, improve quality of life, and become more economically and environmentally sustainable. In response to this demand, EPA developed the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.
 
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected local and/or tribal governments using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. The purpose of delivering these tools is to stimulate a discussion about growth and development and strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches. Letters of interest due no later than Oct. 26, 2012.
     
  Project for Public Spaces
In partnership with the members of their Livability Solutions coalition, Project for Public Spaces is offering free technical assistance workshops on a wide variety of topics, including street audits, transit-oriented development planning, green infrastructure valuation guides, and form based codes. Project for Public Spaces expects to select 6 to 12 communities nationally for assistance. Applications are due November 2, 2012. For the full details about the kinds of assistance available and how to apply, go to this Project for Public Spaces/Livability Solutions website: http://livabilitysolutions.org
     
  Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA is registering student teams from colleges and universities to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge. Participating teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. To compete, student teams, working with a faculty advisor, must submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project on their campus. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013, and winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 - $2,500, as well as $8,000 - $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. To be considered, teams must register by October 5 and submit their entries by December 14
     
  EPA Green Infrastructure Program EPA is accepting letters of interest from communities interested in receiving direct assistance for projects that facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater. The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10 to 20 projects. The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 to $100,000.
Due date: April 6, 2012
     
  Urban Waters Small Grants EPA expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in grants for projects across the country that will contribute to improved water quality and community revitalization. The goal of these Urban Waters Small Grants is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land.
Due date: January 23, 2012

 

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