Media Release - Town receives Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant

For Immediate Release

Town receives Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant to focus on green infrastructure

Lincoln, ON – (Oct. 22, 2019) – The Town of Lincoln has been granted $15,000 (U.S.) funding from the Great Lakes Commission’s Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant program to develop a Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Design Standard & Community Improvement Plan for Lincoln.

“Council is committed to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation strategies,” said Mayor Sandra Easton. “We have a responsibility to investigate, develop, and implement policy to cope with the changing conditions and extreme weather, and reduce the negative impacts of climate change in our community.”

Green infrastructure and low impact development encompass a wide array of cost-effective stormwater management practices that mitigate the impacts of increased runoff and stormwater pollution by removing contaminants from runoff and reducing the volume and intensity of stormwater flows at the source. Examples include rain gardens, bioswales, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavements, naturalized end-of-pipe stormwater management systems, street trees, and natural channels.

“Grant programs such as these allow municipalities to pursue new opportunities to address the local impacts of climate change,” said CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “Municipalities are faced with growing infrastructure costs and extreme weather event impacts, thereby encouraging innovative approaches by the private and public sector.”

With the grant’s funds and mentorship, the Town will develop a Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Design Standard and a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to expand GI/LID capacity and best practices on residential and private property, and to mitigate some of the vulnerabilities associated with stormwater, proximity to the Lake Ontario shoreline, sanitary sewer backups, high levels of inflow and infiltration, downspout and sump pump connections, climate change, and extreme weather.

This project is supported by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Downtown Bench Beamsville Business Improvement Area. In addition, Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre is assisting with research on the project.

“We’re excited to fund this project because it directly addresses barriers to implementing green infrastructure solutions,” said Margo Davis, project manager at the Great Lakes Commission. “Providing Great Lakes communities with the resources required to take action on stormwater management issues is an important investment in addressing the region’s broader green infrastructure goals and we’re proud to partner with the Town of Lincoln to advance this work.”

The Emerging Champions Mini-Grants are part of the Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Program being undertaken by the Great Lakes Commission with financial support from the Erb Family Foundation. The grants are intended to develop strategies to overcome barriers and increase Green Infrastructure (GI) implementation capacity in small to mid-sized communities in the Great Lakes Basin by supporting communities with mentorship opportunities and grants up to $15,000 (U.S.).

Related information

About the Great Lakes Commission
About the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program


Carrie Beatty
Chief Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Office of the CAO
Town of Lincoln
Cell: 905-401-5707
Office: 905-563-2799 ext. 230

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