Community Rain Barrel Demonstration Grant

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Community organizations, you are invited to apply for a grant that can give you up to two rain barrels to be installed in a public space to help you become an active steward of local watershed water quality. Join these organizations who are 2017 grant recipients:

  • Church of 4 Seasons United Methodist Church
  • Housing Opportunities
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
  • Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities
  • Porter County Career and Tech Center
  • Porter County Farm Bureau
  • Porterco Conservation Trust
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust
  • Town of Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission

*** Download Grant Application Materials ***

Community organizations may include:

  • homeowners associations
  • property owners associations
  • community gardens
  • schools
  • parks which have accessible and highly used public spaces

Public spaces may include:

  • community green spaces and gazebos
  • community gardens
  • schools
  • parks

While the grant is non-competitive, there are certain criteria on which each application will be evaluated:

  • Innovative – new project or new method of accomplishing water quality protection.
  • Effective – project will reduce stormwater runoff.
  • Transferable – project has the ability to be emulated to other public spaces and homes.
  • Sustainable – project should continue after the grant period.
  • Use of available resources – project should incorporate recycled content materials whenever possible.

Rain barrels should be installed where

  1. The rain water collected will reduce stormwater runoff
  2. The rain water collected will serve as water for surrounding vegetation
  3. The rain barrel(s) will be highly visible to all visitors
  4. The rain barrel(s) will have educational signage to encourage personal use of rain barrels

Applicants must complete the grant application form and submit it electronically to

Supplies are limited!  Download application materials today.

For more information, contact Therese Haller, 465-3694.

Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.