Water 2022 Request for Urban Water Projects
The Pisces Foundation prioritizes a “One Water” future because we believe that integrated and equitable water management is essential to delivering clean water, sufficient supply, flood protection, and greener shared spaces for urban communities. To support this vision, in September 2022, Pisces issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) open to any interested organization to catalyze a transformation to One Water in U.S. cities.
Between September and October 2022, Pisces received 91 concept notes from 33 states and Washington, D.C. and reviewed them for eligibility, alignment, and fit with the RFP goals. In addition to internal review, the Water team consulted with an external advisory council of diverse leaders from the field to gain input from the movement, reduce bias, and check assumptions. The top projects were invited for full proposals in December 2022 and selected projects were awarded grants in March 2023.
We are pleased to announce the grantees selected through the 2022 Urban Water RFP:
- Centro por la Justicia – Southwest Workers Union*, advancing community-based One Water solutions in San Antonio through an interagency working group to further water sustainability, access, and pollution remediation.
- Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek, developing a community engagement framework to drive equitable implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in San Diego.
- Miami Waterkeeper, working to advance a One Water Action Plan in Miami-Dade County that will improve stormwater management, coordination, and water sustainability across the county’s 34 municipal governments.
- National Wildlife Federation & Bayou City Waterkeeper*, working with stakeholders and the city of Houston to advance a resilient and adaptable water future through Houston’s first One Water Plan.
- Verde & Oregon Water Futures, working with leaders in Portland and across the state of Oregon to ensure strong tribal consultation in water and land use planning and better link water and land use planning agencies.
- The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, connecting leaders across New Orleans to secure an equitable, long-term source of funding for stormwater management.
*Grants supported collaboratively with the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
For more information – including the inclusive grantmaking process behind the decision and why Pisces Foundation advocates for a holistic systems approach to water management – please see the blog post by Water Program Lead Sarah Diringer!