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Realize Raingardens Rochester
Realize Raingardens Rochester

During summer 2009, the City of Rochester launched Realize Raingardens Rochester, a cost share grant program to promote the installation of raingardens in Rochester.  This program was co-developed by a task force of interested citizens, landscape professionals, and City Public Works staff so that selected sites can be used to demonstrate how raingardens slow, treat, and infiltrate storm water, while adding beauty to neighborhoods and creating habitat for song birds and butterflies.

 
 
 
The 2014 application window for the Realize Raingardens Rochester cost-share grant program is now closed. Award winners will be notified by the end of May and raingardens will be installed over the course of the summer. The grant will be offered again in 2015for residents and non-profit organizations located within the Rochester city limits. Residential applications must propose projects located within Rochester's city limits on a residential parcel owned by a Rochester citizen. Community applications must be submitted by a non-profit organization for a proposed location within Rochester's city limits that has an ability to reach large audiences. Cost-share grant awards will be for 50% of verifiable costs, up to a maxium of $750 per project. Eligible expenses include the cost for design, plants, mulch, soil amendments, related materials, and labor. More details of the grant award and requirements can be found within the grant application packets. 2015 cost-share grant application materials will be available in the fall of 2014 and applications will be accepted between January 1-May 1, 2015. Questions can be directed to Megan at 507-328-2440 or mmoeller@rochestermn.gov

RRR 2015:  It's never to early to begin planning! 2015 grants will be accepted January 1-May 1. Click the links below for an idea of the application process. 2015 application materials will be available in fall 2014.
2014 Residential Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents
2014 Community Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents

RRR 2014 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Grant recipients will be announced by the end of May 2014

RRR 2013 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Savage Raingarden: 2049 50th Street NW
Spencer Raingarden: 1914 Viola Heights Lane NE
Community Cost-Share Grant Award Winner - John Adams Middle School: 1525 31st Street NW
 
RRR 2012 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Herman Raingarden: 2600 Boulder Ridge Drive NW

RRR 2011 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Attleson Raingarden: 429 19th Ave. SW
Blocksome Raingarden: 6304 Shetland Dr. NW
Solem Raingarden: 5720 23rd Ave. NW
Tarashanti Raingarden: 930 17th St. SE
Walker Raingarden: 1734 22nd Ave. NE
Wojcik Raingarden: 984 Fox Knoll Dr. SW

RRR 2010 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners: 
Anderson Raingarden: 16 7th Avenue NE
D'Ambrosio Raingarden: 801 6th Avenue SW
Gathje Raingarden: 1704 8th Avenue SE
LeQuia Raingarden: 54 Viking Village Drive NW
Petersen Raingarden: 621 3rd Street NW
Swanson Raingarden: 2421 18th Avenue NW
Tarnow Raingarden: 2114 Glenview Lane NE

RRR 2009 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners: 
MacIlraith Raingarden: 2915 15th Avenue NW
Sehl Raingarden: 1865 21st Avenue NW
Sixta Raingarden: 425 15th Avenue SW
Storino Raingarden: 1005 23rd Avenue SW

Raingarden Installation Videos!   

Need assistance with maintaining your yard?  Check out Blue Thumb's Year-Round Guide to Yard Care filled with tips and arranged in a convenient seasonal format, it will help you decide what to plant and when to fertilize; it will help you restore ailing plants and enrich your soil.  Many of the steps outlined in the guide will save you both time and money, making it even easier to enjoy your lawn or garden.