COLLABORATIVE GRANT PROGRAM
The GI Exchange’s Collaborative Grant Program is a key tool that funds member collaborations, so dedicated resources can be used to solve specific problems. It is designed to fund opportunities to share knowledge that can creatively improve the speed, cost, and/or effectiveness of local GSI programs through collaborative ventures.
The GI Exchange Collaborative Grant Program has had 4 successful rounds thus far and the resulting collaborations have produced a number of valuable resources for GI Exchange members and the water management community at large. These resources are components of the emerging GSI Playbook that the GI Exchange seeks to develop. The more resources that are developed through our member collaborations, the more robust and comprehensive the GSI Playbook will become.
Please find the resources that were produced through each round of funding below:
With questions about the Collaboration Grant Program, contact Kasey Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2017 the Exchange awarded three grants in Round 1 of our Grant program. $87,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Exchange awarded three grants, which commenced Round 2 of our Collaborative Grant Program. $87,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:
In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Exchange awarded two new grants, which commenced Round 3 of our grant program. $100,000 was awarded to fund the following new projects:
In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Exchange awarded three grants, which commenced Round 4 of our Collaborative Grant Program. $125,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Exchange awarded four grants, which commenced Round 5 of our Collaborative Grant Program. $155,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD)
Project: Overcoming Barriers to Equitable GSI Implementation – $18,275
A project that aims to overcome the identified financial barriers of NEORSD’s Green Infrastructure Grants (GIG) Program to intentionally promote equitable GSI investments in Cleveland’s historically disinvested neighborhoods.
City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, CA
Project: Climate Resilience Resources Guide: Part I – $40,000
A project to develop Part I of a resource guide to help agencies advance planning, implementation and long-term operations and maintenance of GSI with respect to modeled climate change impacts.
City of Portland
Project: Bioretention Plant Selection Tool (BPST) – Phase I – $46,725
A project to develop a plant selection tool focused on identifying attributes appropriate to functions needed in bioretention and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) facilities.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)
Project: MWRD Green Infrastructure Maintenance Consortium – $50,000
A project that aims to establish a program where neighboring municipalities with varying income levels pool funds to equitably share a green infrastructure maintenance crew, reducing costs for all.