Funding Connections

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Keep you connected to funding opportunities that can help your project.  Typically, funding through private and public sources may not be able to be used on residential properties.  Finding financial support to make good projects a reality is an important step in building more green infrastructure and realizing the other benefits it has on communities!

The District manages an annual funding opportunity, the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program.  The application for this program typically opens in January and is a unit cost program.  Stay tuned for updates and access to the application.

Below is a list of fund opportunities that is updated every other month.

If you are a funder and would like your opportunity listed here, please contact us at 414-225-2222.

FunderTimeframeAward AmountFocus AreaSpecific RequirementsContact Information
Green Infrastructure Partnership ProgramApplications due annually , early springVariesIncentive funding for green infrastructure projects. Open to public, private, and nonprofit organizations.Project must be located in an eligible municipality within the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Service area.414.225.2222
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds TrustProposals due annually, fall$1,000-$5,000Water quality, conservation, habitat, education.Must be non-profit, community, or civic group. Must be in one of 5 southeastern Wisconsin watersheds.

414.382.1766

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National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant ProgramProposals due annually early summer$125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000Grants to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states, including all states bordering the Great Lakes.Eligible applicants are any state agency or entity designated as eligible by the Governor of a coastal state.website
RBC Blue Water Project GrantsNo deadline specified$1,000 to $10,000The project focuses on supporting initiatives that help protect and preserve water in towns, cities and urbanized areas with populations of more than 10,000 people that focus on: (1) Improved control and management of urban storm or rain water; (2) Efficient and innovative use (or capture and reuse) of water; (3) Protection and restoration of urban waterways; (4) Improved urban water quality.Local or community-based organizations.website
Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants $10,000Areas of Interest: Environmental Health & Justice; Land Conservation; Sustainability of Resources; Mountaintop Mining Removal; Visionary Design; Watershed Protection. Its environmental focus includes Animals/Wildlife, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Habitats/Ecosystems, Plants, Pollution, Stormwater, Sustainability, Trees/Forests, Water, Watershed. website
Surdna Foundation $50,000-$1MSupports innovative stormwater run-off practices that capture and slowly release water into existing drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse rain water where it falls... instead of building expensive pipes and sewer tunnels. 

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James E Dutton Foundation Up to $25,000Including support for wetland restoration, rain gardens, invasive species removal, various environmental education projects. 

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Green Infrastructure ChampionsProposals due annually mid summerUp to $20,000Grants of up to $20,000 USD will support green infrastructure (GI) implementation in U.S. or Canadian municipalities with fewer than 500,000 people. . Eligible projects include GI pilot installations, removing institutional or policy barriers, educational programming, developing partnerships with other agencies, or community GI planning efforts. 

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EPA Section 319 Funding  Polluted runoff nonpoint source pollution 

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Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center    

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