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2023 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program

Funding Available for Natural Solutions to Water Pollution

The 2023 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program closes at 10 am CST on March 8, 2023. To learn more, join us for an online Q&A event at 9 am CST on January 26, 2023; please pre-register by emailing

Managing water where it falls is an effective way to reduce pollution and water problems for neighbors downhill. Annually, 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 gardensbioswalesgreen roofs, and a variety of green infrastructure (GI) practices that help capture and manage rainfall and melting snow.

What is the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program?

The program offers incentive funding on a per-gallon captured reimbursement basis for a host of green infrastructure strategies designed to capture and clean water where it falls. Applications are competitively scored based on an established set of criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote the project. MMSD is seeking partners that will foster the acceptance and implementation of GI as a viable means of managing 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; Oak Creek; River Hills; Saint Francis; Shorewood; Wauwatosa; West Allis; West Milwaukee; and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Climate Resiliency Incentive Programs

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) Fresh Coast Resource Center assists the community by providing inspiration, funding opportunities, education, and tools to create successful green infrastructure strategies such as installing rain barrels, rain gardens, porous pavement, bioswales, green roofs, and natural landscaping. Several incentive programs are available to public and private landowners to empower them to take an active role in protecting our water resources.

Community-Based Green Infrastructure

Provides green infrastructure design, construction, and vegetation establishment services for property owners through the Fresh Coast Protection Partnership and Fresh Coast Green Communities programs. These programs also offer mentorship for emerging businesses and construction bidding opportunities. (Public & Private Programs)


Makes voluntary purchases of undeveloped, privately owned properties in areas expected to have major growth in the next 20 years and are open space along streams, shorelines, and wetlands. MMSD coordinates these purchases with municipalities. (Private Program)

Green Infrastructure Partnership Program

Incentive funding on a per-gallon captured reimbursement basis for green infrastructure strategies. Applications are competitively scored based on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote the project. (Public & Private Programs)

Green School Programs

Redevelops schoolyards with green infrastructure in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools and the nonprofit Reflo, and Greenprint. These programs create conceptual/engineering plans. (Public Program)

Green Solutions

Provides financial incentives to MMSD member municipalities to help achieve water quality compliance while progressing toward MMSD’s 2035 Vision related to integrated watershed management. (Public Program)

Reforestation & Wetland Restoration

Provides design support and implementation of tree planting and wetland restoration. This program supports large-scale natural flood management strategies that mimic the natural water cycle.  (Public & Private Programs)

Green Vendor List

MMSD has generated a Green Vendor List to further promote the use of GI. The Green Vendor list serves as a resource for those interested in GI projects, products, and services. MMSD makes no guarantee as to professional standing or quality of work. As with any contract work, check references, license and bond status, and professional certifications where applicable. 

Questions on Green Infrastructure Funding?

Please complete the form below if you are interested in learning more about the available green infrastructure funding opportunities. If you are interested in having someone come to talk with your group about Green Infrastructure, please fill out the outreach request form.