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Green Infrastructure Partnership Program 2021

01/12/21 12:00:pm

Funding Available for Green Solutions to Water Pollution

Starting January 12th, 2021, we invite public, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations within eligible municipalities to apply for funding from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to create new rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, and a variety of techniques that help capture and harness rain and melting snow. 

What is the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP)?

The program offers incentive funding on a per-gallon-captured, reimbursement basis for green infrastructure strategies designed to capture and clean water where it falls. Applications are scored based on an established set of criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote their project. MMSD is seeking partners that will foster the acceptance and implementation of green infrastructure as a viable means of managing water where it falls.

Why Should I Apply For GIPP Funding?

By installing green infrastructure on your property, you can play an important role in protecting our local waters while enabling your organization to become more green and sustainable. Helping capture stormwater on your property helps prevent excess water from entering our sewers. Excess water contributes to sewer overflows and basement backups.  

  • Porous Pavement

    Porous Pavement

  • Bioswale


  • Cistern


  • Green Roof

    Green Roof

  • Native Landscaping

    Native Landscaping

How Do I Apply for GIPP Funding?

All inquiries regarding the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program should be directed to Nathan Churchill, Procurement Specialist, at

Located on the site of a former school, the green infrastructure elements at the Chiswick at Dunwood Apartments can manage close to 900,000 gallons. The project incorporates two large rain gardens along with native landscaping, green roofs, and stormwater trees to manage water where it falls.

Who Can Apply For GIPP?

Public, Private and Not-For-Profit Organizations Within:

Bayside; Brown Deer; Cudahy; Fox Point; Franklin; Glendale; Greendale; Greenfield; Hales Corners; Milwaukee; Muskego; Oak Creek; River Hills; Saint Francis; Shorewood; Wauwatosa; West Allis; West Milwaukee; and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

What Type of Green Infrastructure Projects Does GIPP Funding Include?

MMSD's Green Infrastructure Vision

Green infrastructure projects are consistent with MMSD's 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives and our long-range goal to eliminate sewer overflows, improve water quality, and incorporate an overall triple-bottom-line sustainable approach to operations.  Projects funded through the GIPP support implementation of the District’s Regional Green Infrastructure Plan (RGIP) (2013)Urban Biodiversity Plan (2018), and the Resilience Plan (2019)

MMSD's interest in green infrastructure is to increase the implementation of innovative approaches to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, capture, and reuse stormwater to maintain, restore, or mimic nature by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution.

Projects should seek to demonstrate a connection or relationship to the purpose and function of other MMSD watercourse flood management, and green infrastructure work.