$2 Million for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

July 6, 2018, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

2018 July NRPA Update Great Urban Parks 410

Funding available through the Great Urban Parks Campaign

Applications are now being accepted for grant funding that will support green stormwater infrastructure projects in 10–12 U.S. communities. As part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, NRPA is awarding these grants for a second time — expanding on lessons learned from our 2016 grant funding to support green stormwater infrastructure projects.

This grant funding will support green stormwater infrastructure projects that improve environmental quality, increase access to high-quality park and recreation space within underserved communities, and engage the local community.

The goal of the grant opportunity is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned to other park and recreation agencies. The projects should help advance the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks, as a resiliency strategy for communities across the country.

Unlike traditional “gray” stormwater infrastructure that uses pipes and cement to mitigate water left behind after heavy rainfall, green stormwater infrastructure uses techniques, such as bioswales, permeable pavement, rain gardens, protected habitat and more, to naturally filter and mitigate water from heavy rainfall. Parks are ideally suited for green stormwater infrastructure projects because they offer a multitude of benefits beyond climate resiliency, especially in underserved communities. These projects provide healthy greenspace for recreation, environmental education and green job opportunities.

Learn more about this grant opportunity and apply.