Water Quality Grants and Cost Share Programs
Current Cost Share Programs
Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program (application period starts in February 2015)
This program reimburses applicants for 50 percent of qualifying expenses, up to $2000, for approved projects. These projects are intended to improve water quality, reduce runoff, and facilitate infiltration. Participants may do the work themselves or hire a professional.
Qualifying property owners within the Antelope Park Sub-Basin could be reimbursed for 75% of eligible expenses, up to a max share of $2000 per property. The goal of this project is to reduce pollutants in Antelope Creek and its tributaries.
City of Lincoln Rain Garden Project
In September 2010, the City of Lincoln's Watershed Management Division launched the 50-50 Cost Share Program for Lincoln city private property owners to design their own rain gardens. Each qualifying property owner was eligible to be reimbursed up to $1,000 for their rain garden expenses. Reimbursement paid for the cost of soil amendments (compost and sand), plants, drain tile, equipment rentals and work performed by an approved landscape professional.
In June 2008, Lincoln residents were invited to apply for a rain garden on their property through a grant that would cover 80 percent of the installation cost. Rain gardens were installed in the fall of 2008, the spring/fall and the spring of 2010. This project was funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, City of Lincoln, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
In 2007, the City of Lincoln launched a pilot program to offer rain garden installation for 90% off the cost, free rain barrel installation, and free no/low phosphorus fertilizer. Funding for this program was provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.