Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program
Sixth Round to Open in August 2017
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Below ground level, improved soils store and filter stormwater, allowing the surrounding area to slowly absorb it over time. Above ground level, native plants, basins, and water features create public green spaces that also help store water. Used effectively, rainscaping can reclaim stormwater naturally, reduce sewer overflows, and minimize basement backups.
The Rainscaping program of MSD Project Clear is pleased to announce the sixth round of a rainscaping cost-sharing opportunity, which will open August 1, 2017. As part of MSD Project Clear MSD’s Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MSD will spend $100 million in Rainscaping investments over a period of 23 years, with an overall goal of reducing combined sewer overflows to the Mississippi River. Having acquired EPA approval for the program, MSD seeks to continue to build partnerships with municipalities, local government agencies, schools, community development organizations, and private developers through the Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program. We hope to engage partners to identify joint opportunities to incorporate Rainscaping into ongoing programs and future redevelopment projects. Grant recipients will also be expected to work with the MSD Project Clear media relations team to engage the press and public during and/or at the completion of their funded project.
The 2016 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants closed on October 31, 2016. Applications for the next round of Large Grants will open on August 1, 2017. Projects must be located in the green program area, shown in the map above (click the image for a larger version). To find out if your property is in the area for the grant program, or for more information about the program, visit www.projectclearstl.org/rainscaping.
If you are constructing a project within the Rainscaping area, your stormwater management installations may qualify for a Rainscaping Grant through MSD’s Development Review Process. If you have questions regarding this process, or would like to view the Program Application, visit the Stormwater Management page.
Available for download below are the rules and requirements for partnering with MSD Project Clear, an application form, and a map showing the program area for the Rainscaping projects. Please note that the application for the 2017 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants will open August 1, 2017. Please call Melantha Norton with any questions at 314-335-2086, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested applicants are encouraged to discuss possible proposals as soon as possible to facilitate good proposals and efficient reviews.