Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) aims to increase GI in the City of Pittsburgh by encouraging everyone to get involved. PWSA is now accepting applications for two new green infrastructure grant programs, designed to support private property owners and community organizations to manage stormwater with green infrastructure (GI). The projects supported by this program will improve water quality, boost the local market for GI design and installation services, increase public awareness of GI benefits, and stimulate economic development.
“The grant program is a critical component that allows PWSA to study and understand the potential impact that different types of green infrastructure can have on mitigating and controlling stormwater. The projects enabled by this program will also create great social and educational opportunities for their communities,” said Chad Wheatley, Vice President of Construction at Millcraft Investments and member of the PWSA’s GI Technical Advisory Committee.
The Mini-Grant Program is designed for non-profit organizations and community groups to implement projects or activities that improve water quality, enhance conservation, restore habitat, stimulate economic growth, and educate the community about stormwater issues. Selected applicants will receive grants between $1,000 - $5,000 dollars. Applications for mini grants will be accepted through June 23, 2015.
The Matching Grant Program is designed for property owners and agencies to implement large scale GI projects. To ensure significant impact, these projects must demonstrate a minimum investment of $10,000. PWSA will reimburse up to 50% of a project with maximum reimbursement of $50,000. Applications for the matching grant program will be accepted through July 7, 2015.