The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, recently announced $803,489 in grants to be awarded to 17 organizations through the “Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs” Grant Initiative (G3).
The announcement includes five projects designed to improve central Pennsylvania, as well as twelve other initiatives in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, the host for the grant announcement, is one of 17 grant recipients. Their $29,760 grant will help build a stormwater management system to control runoff, and demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure in the capital.
The grant will also help achieve Harrisburg’s Comprehensive Plan to increase plantings to help control and absorb stormwater, and offset the urban heat island effect.
In addition to the project at the Salvation Army, the other grantees will lead efforts that include the removing impervious surfaces, expanding urban tree canopy, creating bioretention cells, and many other green infrastructure practices.
2016 Green Streets Grants:
1. Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc., Maryland, $49,995
2. Blue Water Baltimore, Maryland, $50,000
3. Borough of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, $115,269
4. City of Salisbury, Maryland, $75,000
5. County of Blair, Pennsylvania, $66,825
6. Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Maryland, $58,780
7. East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, $35,000
8. Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., $20,000
9. James River Association, Virginia, $29,995
10. Parks & People Foundation, Maryland, $18,199
11. Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, $30,000
12. The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, Pennsylvania, $29,760
13. Southeast Community Development Corporation, Maryland, $75,000
14. Town of Bath, West Virginia, $20,000
15. Town of Burkittsville, Maryland, $24,986
16.Town of Capitol Heights, Maryland, $30,000
17. Town of Edmonston, Maryland, $74,720
The G3 Grant Initiative program was created in 2011 to advance watershed protection and economic vitality by developing green stormwater management techniques that create jobs and help make communities more livable.
The G3 Grant Program, administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, helps support President Obama’s Executive Order for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay. “Green Streets” grants support clean water and foster community development by helping to fund local grass-roots efforts to increase green spaces, and reduce runoff,
The G3 program is open to local governments, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood and community associations. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for research, $30,000 for planning and design, and $75,000 for implementing green infrastructure projects.
For more information on the “Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns” grant program and a complete list of project descriptions, please visit www.cbtrust.org/grants/g3.
source: Chesapeake Bay Trust