The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.
This year, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000. Last year, EPA awarded Shoreline Cities Grants totaling just under $7 million to 16 cities with populations greater than 50,000.
“This is an opportunity for more Great Lakes shoreline cities to obtain funding for green infrastructure projects,” said Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “These GLRI grants will be used for green infrastructure projects that reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality.”
Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property. Detailed eligibility requirements are available at www.epa.gov/grtlakes/fund/shoreline/.
More information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is available at www.glri.us.
This new grant program, administered under the MDEQ, includes:
New legislation establishing grants for asset management plan development, stormwater plan development, sewage collection and treatment plan development, and state-funded loans to construct projects identified in the asset management plans.
Grants have $2M cap per community. First million has 10-percent local match; second million has 25-percent local match. The local match is not eligible for loan assistance.
Communities that are considered disadvantaged by the DEQ, in receivership, operating under an emergency manager, or operating under a consent agreement under the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act can receive a 100-percent grant with no local match required. Additionally, these communities can expend up to $500,000 in grant funds for the construction of projects identified in an asset management plan.
Grant recipient must proceed with a project for which grant funding is provided within 3 years of grant award or face repayment of the grant plus interest. For the asset management grant, this means significant progress as determined by the DEQ toward achieving the funding structure to implement the asset management program.
Funds are awarded to grant and loan recipients on a first come, first served basis.
Applications and supplemental materials are still in development. Currently they include:
GFA team members recently a training seminar on the new program. Contact us for more details!