FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2012
Alicia Lawver, Community Relations, email@example.com, (253) 591-5414
Desiree Pooley, Surface Water Management, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 502-2126
Make a Splash environmental grants of up to $4,000 are available from City of Tacoma Environmental Services to any school, business, organization or individual considering a project to help protect surface water resources within the Tacoma city limits by preventing stormwater pollution.
Application materials must be postmarked or emailed by May 21, 2012.
Make a Splash grants are meant to prevent pollution and protect clean water through community collaborations focusing on education, protection and restoration efforts. Projects funded by a Make a Splash grant need to meet at least one of these goals. Projects focusing on water conservation or clean drinking water will not be considered.
Projects could include:
- Video, audio, print or other media education efforts
- Citizen-led pollution prevention outreach efforts
- Field trips or science day camps
- Installation of cigarette butt litter cans throughout business districts
- Demonstrating low-impact development practices to soak in stormwater on site, such as rain gardens or porous pavers
- Business-related stormwater outreach and education
- Multilingual outreach efforts or educational materials
Tie-ins with the Puget Sound regional stormwater pollution prevention campaign, Puget Sound Starts Here (www.PugetSoundStartsHere.org), are encouraged. Key messages in that campaign include proper pet waste disposal, natural yard care, preferred car washing methods, fixing leaky vehicles and planting trees.
The Make a Splash grant program, funded by the City’s Surface Water Management utility rates, provides up to $50,000 in grants every year. This is the ninth round of grants for this program.
To find out more about the grant, past projects, tips or to download an application, go to www.cityoftacoma.org/makeasplash, email email@example.com or call (253) 502-2126.