EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Board on Wednesday authorized $163,835 in grants for local government projects ranging from lighting retrofits to rain gardens.
Tipping fees at two landfills generate funding for the environmental grants program, established in 2001.
“It’s evolved since that time,” said Emily Fultz, sustainability coordinator with the Planning and Development Department. “It was primarily recycling and landscape waste management at that time, and since then we’ve seen projects of varying environmental scope.”
This year’s projects include community gardens, bicycle-pedestrian planning, a solar-powered lake aeration system, rain barrels and energy-efficient lighting retrofits.
Alton Township will receive $14,552 for a partnership with Senior Services Plus, Community Cultivators and Grassroots Grocery to redirect food waste from restaurants to a composting facility, develop six community gardens and provide classes to increase access to locally produced food.
Godfrey, with support from Lewis and Clark Community College and Beverly Farm, will get $15,000 for a bike and pedestrian plan to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.
In Madison, the city will use $15,000 for equipment to remove trees and brush on Chouteau Island, Bend Road, Eagle Park Road and overgrown alleys. The equipment will generate mulch to keep landscape waste out of landfills.
Glen Carbon will get $15,000 to replace 24 sidewalk ramps along the Glen Crossing and Meridian Road corridor between Illinois 159 and Illinois 157. The project aims to provide access to bike trails and ensure a safe walking environment for children walking to school, resulting in reduced vehicle emissions.
Each applicant is required to provide at least a 20 percent match. Twelve applications were denied and 13 were approved, but Fultz said if projects come in under budget there could be a second round of grants later this year.
Projects are evaluated based on whether they conform to the grant program’s guidelines and how recently the applicant received funding. The Planning and Development Committee reviews the applications and forwards its recommendations to the Grants Committee, which submits the list for approval to the full County Board.
Other recipients include:
- Collinsville Area Recreation District: $15,000
- Village of East Alton: $10,800
- Village of Hartford: $5,399
- Village of Marine: $11,530
- Moro Township: $14,400
- New Douglas Township: $3,983
- Roxana Community Park District: $13,771
- City of Troy: $15,000
- Village of Worden: $14,400