Rain Ready Home 2 – Chicago, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Center for Neighborhood Technology’s photostream

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff in our area. They are currently accepting applications for PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Residents can apply for up to a $50,000 matching grant, and community organizations can apply for up to a $5,000 mini grant for storm water mitigation projects. The goal of this program is to support local, grassroots efforts that:

  • Employ green infrastructure practices to improve water quality
  • Enhance conservation
  • Restore habitat
  • Stimulate economic growth
  • Educate people about stormwater issues and stewardship actions

“This grant program will position PWSA as a leader in green infrastructure while leveraging additional private and public investment. Recipients will join PWSA in its efforts to improve Pittsburgh’s water quality,” PWSA Interim Executive Director Jim Good said.


Planting a rain garden, Annapolis, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Chesapeake Bay Program’s photostream

Some examples of PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant eligible projects include rain gardens, community rain barrels, green infrastructure streetscaping, and replacement of impervious pavement in parking lots with porous surfaces to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff entering local waterways.

Mini Grants
Eligible: Community and Civic Organizations
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
Deadline: June 23, 2015
Application: Here

Matching Grants
Eligible: Property Owners
Amount: $5,000 – $50,000 (up to 50% match)
Deadline: July 7, 2015
Application: Here

Please click here for additional information and requirements.


ITN Science editor, Lawrence McGinty, demonstrates how water poured onto permeable paving on the BRE innovation park drains straight through., a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Peter White’s photostream