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Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Streets collaborative effort supports the implementation of the President’s Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order. It serves as a key component of the Chesapeake Bay Green Street-Green Jobs-Green Towns Initiative which supports local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater run-off through creation of “green streets", the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces. To read about past projects, visit the project examples tab.

Green Streets Funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3 and all of Maryland (excludes New York).

What this funds:

Design and implementation funds for practices which enhance green spaces in communities, including implementing urban green stormwater practices, increasing urban green spaces, and replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials. One type of project that can include all three of these practices and increase a community’s sustainability is the “green street.” 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.

White papers on innovative ideas for green infrastructure.

Who can apply:
Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

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

Is match required?
Match is encouraged but not required.

March 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Program Status

The grant program is currently CLOSED. To view the RFP, click 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, Sadie Drescher, at 410-974-2941 ext. 103. *Please note: The Trust's grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*


*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline.  Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.*

Questions & Technical Support

Sadie Drescher
(410) 974-2941 ext. 103