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Urban Runoff Grant

2023 Application Deadline has Passed

In order to promote the implementation of local watershed quality stewardship projects, a portion of the proceeds generated from the Urban Runoff 5K (UR5K) will be awarded back to the community through one watershed quality award of $1000.00. Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will have the opportunity to submit specific stewardship proposals that will be judged by the UR5K Planning Committee.   The committee is seeking projects focused on Pollutant Runoff Reduction Implementation. Contest entries include any proposed project that involves the implementation/installation Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will improve runoff within a specific watershed.  Examples BMPs could include, but not be limited to, rain gardens or other bio-retention basins, tree plantings, downspout disconnection, rain barrels, etc.    

Eligibility: The UR5K Prize can be awarded to any Non-Profit  Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that submits an application with a signed Implementation Certification Statement that attest the award money will be utilized to implement the project as submitted in the contest entry form. NGOs can submit proposals for both Watershed Quality Award categories. NGOs are required to be tax-exempt organizations for eligibility in this contest.  Applicants must participate in the Urban 5K Runoff by providing a a Water Quality booth or at least 2 5k Runners.

2023 Winner
Stratford STEM Magnet High School's Interdisciplinary Science & Research Program
Project: Improving Water Quality in Shelby Park by Reducing Dog Waste

2022 Winner
Tennessee Environmental Council
Project: Peter Jenkins Walking Trail
Continued improvements and expansion on this paved multi-use walking trail that connects a residential subdivision to an elementary school campus.

2021 Winner
Mill Creek Watershed Association
Restoration and protection of the watershed at the Grassy Branch Creek

2018 & 2019 Winner
Tennessee Environmental Council


2017 Winner
Cumberland River Compact


2016 Winner
Nashville Clean Water Project


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