Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost-Share Grant

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Thinking about adding a rain garden to your landscape ? Its never too early to start planning! 2018 grant applications will be accepted between January 1 to May 1. (Applications for school installations have an optional earlier timeline to facilitate a planting while school is still in session.) Residential applications must propose projects located within Rochester's city limits on a residential parcel owned by a Rochester citizen. Community applications must be submitted by a non-profit organization for a proposed location within Rochester's city limits that has an ability to reach large audiences. School applications must be for an elementary, middle, or high school located within the city limits of Rochester. Cost-share grant awards will be for 50% of verifiable costs, up to a maximum of $750 per project. Eligible expenses include the cost for design, plants, mulch, soil amendments, related materials, and labor. More details of the grant award and requirements can be found within the grant application packets.
Residential and Community applications will be accepted between January 1-May 1, 2018. School applications must be received by January 31 in order to be considered for notification by February 15. School applications received after January 31 will be considered after the residential and community cost-share grants have been awarded. Questions can be directed to the Rochester Public Works Department at 507-328-2440. 
News Releases:

January 29, 2018: Now Accepting Applications for Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost-Share Grants

2018 Cost-Share Grant Documents 

Cost-Share Grant Award Completed Gardens

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Click here to download a map of demonstration gardens.

Northwest Rochester

  • Rogers Garden: 6137 Somersby Court NW (2016) 
  • Miller Garden: 4814 57th Street NW (2016)
  • Sunset Terrace Elementary Garden: 1707-19th Avenue NW (2015) 
  • Hostetter Garden: 5125 Manor Brook Drive NW (2015) 
  • Olsen Garden: 1427-15th Avenue NW (2014)
  • Savage Garden: 2049-50th Street NW (2013)
  • John Adams Middle School Garden: 1525 31st St NW (2013)
  • Herman Garden: 2600 Boulder Ridge Drive (2012)
  • Blocksome Garden: 6304 Shetland Drive NW (2011)
  • Solem Garden: 5720-23rd Avenue NW (2011)
  • Petersen Garden: 621-3rd Street NW (2010)
  • Swanson Garden: 2421-18th Avenue NW (2010)
  • Viking Village Garden: Viking Village Drive NW, behind unit #53 (2010)
  • MacIlraith Garden: 2915-15th Avenue NW (2009)
  • Sehl Garden: 1865-21st Avenue NW (2009)

Northeast Rochester

  • Limberg Garden: 1417 21st Avenue NE (2017)
  • Rohleder Garden: 3185 Rosemary Lane NE (2017) *yet to be completed as of 8/1/2017
  • Belisle/Reisdorf Garden: 2917 Stone Parke Drive NE (2016)
  • Listos Preschool & Childcare: 1503 2nd Avenue NE (2016)
  • Gonzalez Garden: 3485 Jasper Court NE (2014)
  • Walker Gardens: 1734-22nd Ave NE (2011, 2014)
  • Spencer Garden: 1914 Viola Heights Lane NE (2013)
  • Anderson Garden: 16-7th Avenue NE (2010)
  • Tarnow Garden: 2114 Glenview Lane NE (2010)

Southwest Rochester

  • Rivera Garden: 1201-19th Avenue SW (2015) 
  • Nelson Garden: 931-8th Avenue SW (2015) 
  • Pettinger Garden: 808-6th Avenue SW (2014) 
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester Garden: 1727 Walden Lane SW (2014)
  • Attleson Garden: 429-19th Avenue SW (2011)
  • Wojcik Garden: 984 Fox Knoll Drive SW (2011)
  • D'Ambrosio Garden: 801-6th Avenue SW
  • Sixta Garden: 425-15th Avenue SW (2009)
  • Storino Garden: 1005-23rd Avenue SW (2009)

Southeast Rochester

  • Bethel Lutheran Church: 810-3rd Avenue SE (2015) 
  • Tarashanti Garden: 930-17th Street SE (2011)
  • Gathje Garden: 1704-8th Avenue SE (2010)

The Realize Rain Gardens Rochester cost-share grant program was co-developed by a task force of interested citizens, landscape professionals, and City Public Works staff. The program, which was launched in 2009, was designed to promote the installation of rain gardens that can be used to demonstrate how rain gardens slow, treat, and infiltrate stormwater, while adding beauty to neighborhoods and creating habitat for song birds and butterflies.

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