The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is soliciting proposals for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. USEPA 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 populations of 25,000 to 50,000 residents will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000.
Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of the following improvements:
- rain gardens
- green roofs
- porous pavement
- constructed wetlands
- stormwater tree trenches
- other green technology features on public property
In 2013, USEPA awarded Shoreline Cities Grants totaling just under $7 million to 16 cities with populations greater than 50,000. One Minnesota and three Wisconsin cities received grants last year. Duluth received a $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Lake Superior Basin. Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Racine received a combined total of $1.75 million in GLRI grants to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Michigan.