On August 11, the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) announced that the state would once again offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects. The grants are offered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation in partnership with TNSA. A total of $103,080 in grant funds will be available for allocation this year. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, and trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The grants require a 20% local match.
Applications are due by Oct. 15, 2014. Online application materials and additional information about the Green Development Grants are available on TDEC’s website or through the Tennessee Stormwater Association.