The GI Exchange’s Collaborative Grant Program is a key tool that funds member collaborations, so dedicated resources can be used to solve specific problems. It is designed to fund opportunities to share knowledge that can creatively improve the speed, cost, and/or effectiveness of local GSI programs through collaborative ventures.

The GI Exchange Collaborative Grant Program has had 4 successful rounds thus far and the resulting collaborations have produced a number of valuable resources for GI Exchange members and the water management community at large. These resources are components of the emerging GSI Playbook that the GI Exchange seeks to develop. The more resources that are developed through our member collaborations, the more robust and comprehensive the GSI Playbook will become.

With questions about the Collaboration Grant Program, please contact Kasey Armstrong at

Please find the resources created from each round of funding below:


In 2017 the Exchange awarded three grants in Round 1 of our Grant program. $87,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:

Recommendations for GSI Monitoring

GSI & Public Health:

Funding and Financing Resource Guide

Recommendations for GSI Modeling


GSI & Public Health: A National Guide

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In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Exchange awarded three grants, which commenced Round 2 of our Collaborative Grant Program. $87,000 was awarded to fund the following projects:

GSI & Schoolyards: Barriers & Solutions Report

Workforce Development: Program Case Studies and Funding Scan

Netherlands Study Tour

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In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Exchange awarded two new grants, which commenced Round 3 of our grant program. $100,000 was awarded to fund the following new projects:

GSI Details, Specifications, & Policies Library

Equity Framework

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This summer, the GI Exchange announced Round 4 of its Collaborative Grant Program and released its detailed Request for Proposal for interested GI Exchange members.

There are two application forms in this RFP. The first supports member-to-member GSI collaborations. The second supports member and community GSI collaborations, for those who want to learn how to and/or continue to collaborate with their local frontline community-led groups. In form 2, collaboration with other network members is encouraged but not required.

Below is a summary of key requirements and deadlines. For full details, please review the complete Request for Proposal.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Release
May 27, 2020
Information Call
June 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET
Call Recording
Call Notes
Presentation Slides
Proposals Due
September 17, 2020 by 3 pm ET
Decisions Announced
October 15, 2020
Grant Completion Date
December 1, 2021

Our heartfelt gratitude to our funders for their support of our mission, which makes our work possible.