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 five 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.

View the 2022 Request for Proposals

Proposals are be due by September 15th, 2022

View slides and notes from our June 16th information session.

Please find the resources that were produced through each previous round of funding below.

With questions about the Collaboration Grant Program, contact Jasmine Harrison at jasmine@giexchange.org.

ROUND 1

In 2017 the Exchange awarded three grants in Round 1 of our Grant program. $87,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:

ROUND 2

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:

ROUND 3

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:

ROUND 4

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:

ROUND 5

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:

City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, CA
Project: Climate Resilience Resources Guide: Part I – $40,000
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. The matrix and existing resources memo can be accessed here.

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. You can access the current version of the loan product terms and conditions, a co-benefits funding summary table, and the presentation slides from the first capacity building workshop.

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. You can access the maintenance consortium summary, cost examples, and concrete permeable paver preventative maintenance guidelines.
 

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.

ROUND 6

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the Exchange awarded three grants, which commenced Round 6 of our Collaborative Grant Program. $160,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:

City of Vancouver
Project: Green Infrastructure Maintenance and Stewardship Micro-grants – $22,000
A project to develop a micro-grant framework that expands green infrastructure maintenance capacity while creating opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration, and social and economic opportunities for the community.

City of Vancouver
Project: Green Infrastructure Municipal Benchmarking Initiative – $68,000
A project to develop key performance indicators (KPI) for assessing and reporting on the performance, maintenance, and renewal of green rainwater infrastructure (GRI) assets. These KPI’s will benchmark services provided by GRI assets, including maintenance and renewal costs, in order to advance and optimize operation, maintenance, and design.

City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, CA
Project: Climate Resilience Resources Guide – Part 2: Decision Process Framework for GSI-Resilience Integration – $70,000
A project to develop part 2 of a focused decision-making framework to support municipalities integration resilience planning and design into local green stormwater infrastructure programs.

 

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