The Stormwater Funders’ Group advances the role green infrastructure plays in urban water management to benefit the environment, equity and economies of local communities.
The Stormwater Funders’ Group was created in close coordination with a number of leading national and regional funders interested in sustainable stormwater practices and green infrastructure because of its potential to address a variety of issues including water quality and quantity, community revitalization, and climate resilience—particularly in communities under federal pressure to address Clean Water Act requirements or with pressing concerns to address flooding or drought). Sustainable stormwater and green infrastructure is a relatively new field of practice nationally that funders are seeking to learn about and influence its implementation.
The Stormwater Funders’ Group is designed to create a forum to learn together, build relationships, and catalyze action. The funders that participate in the Stormwater Funders’ Group are able to:
- Connect and learn together on topics such as funding and financing, equity, national policy and climate resilience.
- Align efforts to scale up the use of green infrastructure.
- Collaborate on joint projects and special initiatives.
Participation in the Stormwater Funders’ Group is open to public and private foundations and corporate grantmakers who support the mission. Government funders that demonstrate a deep commitment to the work of the Stormwater Funders’ Group also may participate. Funders are encouraged to support the Stormwater Funders’ Group by being a member of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, as well as through program-specific contributions and grants that directly support implementation of the Stormwater Funders’ Group work plan.
The Stormwater Funders’ Group was created in 2010, initially operating as an ad hoc group interested in the intersection of smart growth and sustainable stormwater practices. In 2012, the Stormwater Funders’ Group became more formalized as a learning network in close coordination with a number of leading national and regional funders interested in sustainable stormwater practices and green infrastructure with quarterly learning calls and an annual face-to-face convening. In 2015, the Stormwater Funders’ Group became even more formalized with a steering committee and co-chairs as it shifted from a learning network to one focused on aligning and action.