Dec 31, 2020

Indiana City Accepting Proposals For 2021 Residential Storm Water Grants

The grant program provides small grants to homeowners for sustainable storm water infrastructure projects on private residential property in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana’s City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) has opened applications for homeowners to apply for funding through the third annual Residential Stormwater Grants Program.

CBU allocated $70,000 for the 2021 program to assist owners of single-family residential property with small grants for environmentally-friendly drainage projects, reported WBIW News. These projects include rain gardens, bioswales, and detention ponds.

The grant program provides small grants to homeowners for sustainable storm water infrastructure projects on private residential property. 

These projects are expected to improve the management of storm water before it enters local waterways or the city’ Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). reported WBIW News. 

A public information meeting about the grant application process and project requirements will be hosted online Jan. 19, 6-7 p.m. The information will be recorded and available on the CBU grants webpage as well.  

Applicants are encouraged to submit an optional letter of intent by 5 p.m. Feb. 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mar. 1, 2021. Both can be submitted here.

Funding for the program comes from the storm water fee approved by the city council in 2018, reported WBIW News. Approximately one quarter of the storm water revenue funds green infrastructure improvements. 

Along with the residential grants, the projects will contribute to improved storm water management in the Bloomington community.

$70,000 was allocated to the Residential Stormwater Grants Program in 2020. From this, a total of 16 projects were funded. 

These projects ranged from approximately $2,000 to $8,000, including rain gardens, dry creek beds, and drainage stabilization projects. 

The amount allocated to the program remains the same for the 2021 budget, added the city.

“This partnership with property owners works to control flooding, protect our waterways, and mitigate future damage in environmentally responsible ways,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “Through this program, residents can play an important role in reducing our collective impact on the environment.”

For more information and alternate submittal options, please contact Kriste Lindberg via email at [email protected] or phone at 812-349-3617.

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