The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. is inviting proposals for the Waters for Georgia Program. Through this funding program, the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. seeks to invest in water quality improvement projects that result in measurable benefits to environments and communities across the state of Georgia.
The Georgia Power Foundation will grant awards of $25,000 and up, with a total anticipated investment of $1 million for projects that will be implemented and begin delivering benefits by December 31, 2023. The Foundation will consider smaller investments for projects that promise exceptional water stewardship benefits to the community.
To ensure that funding is directed where it is most needed, proposed projects must be focused on waters of Georgia that are currently listed as impaired under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. Further, successful projects should focus on reducing the source(s) of impairment and include actions that will contribute to the de-listing or down-listing the impaired waters. Additional consideration will be given to projects benefitting majority Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and underserved communities.
The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. will consider proposals from governmental agencies or organizations that have an active 501(c)3 tax designation and described in Section 509 of the Internal Revenue Code except for any organization described in Code Section 509(a)(3)(B)(iii) that is not “functionally integrated” with its supported organization.
Georgia Power Foundation does not provide grants:
The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. supports a wide range of project types that address the sources or causes of water quality impairments and support multiple benefits for communities and aquatic ecosystems.
All projects must have a clear link to watershed and ecosystem health.
Projects that also include objectives related to improving community well-being, water supply sustainability and/or resiliency for sustainable uses such as agriculture, municipal drinking water, industry, recreation, etc. are strongly encouraged.
Examples of project types include (but are not limited to):
• Implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) linked to improved water quality (e.g., stream fencing, off-channel livestock watering, sediment control, etc.)
• Physical enhancement of aquatic or riparian habitat (e.g., buffer revegetation/restoration, stream channel reconstruction, instream habitat structure, improved stream/aquatic passage, barrier removal etc.)
• Improving or addressing water conservation (e.g., irrigation efficiency, groundwater recharge, reconnecting floodplains, etc.)
• Green infrastructure: stormwater runoff management to the extent that stormwater influences impairment criteria
• Others (e.g., all project types which directly address and enhance water quality and aquatic habitats and meet all other program criteria will be considered for funding)
Proposals meeting the eligibility and content requirements of this RFP will be reviewed by a committee including academic and non-profit stakeholders with knowledge of water quality issues in Georgia. Final project selection will be made based on the recommendation of the review committee.
Priority will be given to projects that have the following attributes:
Provide a project title that is descriptive of the location and action being taken.
Provide a concise narrative of 200 words or less that describes the project context, site conditions, and factors that may influence successful implementation, expected outcomes, and long-term desired impact.
All proposals should include - at minimum - a basic Project Map (e.g. Google Earth): This should include the physical location of the project (Lat/Long coordinates), and the extent or targeted stream-reach expected to benefit. Please include names of streams or watersheds and nearest town and/or county place names.
Define the project implementation timeframe. Include the proposed project start-date, key intermediate milestones, and anticipated date of completion. Include any key permits, landowner permissions and authorizations necessary for project success.
Chattooga Conservancy, Inc. for Rabun County Agricultural Best Management Practice Project, Green Infrastructure Project, and Warwoman Creek Pollution Mitigation Project.
City of Hinesville for Peacock Creek Restoration: A Green Infrastructure Demonstration in Historic Downtown Hinesville’s Bradwell Park.
Environmental Community Action, Inc. for Stormwater Capture and Reuse for Proctor Creek Water Quality Improvements and Potable Water Conservation at Spelman College.
Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council for Spring Creek Stream Bank Stabilization Project.
Nature Conservancy, Inc. for Removing Barriers to Aquatic Connectivity in the Holly Creek Subwatershed of the Conasauga River.
Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies for the Hillabahatchee Creek Restoration: Addressing fecal coliform impairment through the implementation of agricultural best management practices for livestock exclusion and Restoring Riparian Zone Health and Spring Function in the Soque River Watershed: Addressing Nonpoint Source Pollutants Through Implementation of Agricultural Best Management Practices.
South River Watershed Alliance for Panola Shoals Riverbank Stabilization and Restoration Project.
Trees Atlanta, Inc. for Green Streets and Clean Streams – Building StreetSide Green Infrastructure for Atlanta Communities.