State Funding for School Rain Gardens in Illinois

IMG_0248The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative grant program provides funds for the construction of a rain garden on public property. A rain garden is a depression, often near a downspout, that is planted with native wetland or aquatic vegetation. Rain gardens can be designed to flower throughout the summer and built to will hold stormwater runoff or snow melt, allowing the water to be absorbed slowly by the plants and the soil.

Rain gardens reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, allow for the recharge of groundwater supplies, increase wildlife habitat and often reduce the need for mowing and its associated costs and pollution. You’ll find the application forms at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/RainGarden/applicationpage.htm. Teachers, not-for-profit organizations and community groups may apply. The maximum award is $1,000. Grant applications due by March 19, 2010. For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Division of Education (dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov or 217-785-0973). The IDNR and Illinois Conservation Foundation administer this program. Funds are provided through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

(Photo of St. Margaret Mary School and Church raingarden)

3 Responses to “State Funding for School Rain Gardens in Illinois”

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  2. home gardener Says:

    hola!, thank you for the information, this post was really awesome ! oooops! now it’s time to go back to my garden ! :)

  3. Jeremiah Says:

    This rain garden is a very good project. This shots two birds in just one stone. While it- in reality, is a very good water management system it also takes advantage to educate the students and the community as a whole. I hope this program will be replicated throughout the world where applicable. This will truly help in the long term sustainability of our water ground water resources.