On August 6, 2019, County Council received $299,600 grant funding from the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund. In partnership with Barry University’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence, this grant is specifically focused on the Spring Hill community in Volusia County, and looks at resilience through green infrastructure as it relates to that community. It will include workshops on green infrastructure, two green infrastructure planting projects, and academies on resiliency. City, county, and community partners will be included on this project, as well as the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, who provided a workshop on January 22nd, 2020, entitled "Volusia County Convening on Race, Equity and Community Resilience". We are working with the Spring Hill community to achieve this grant, and adapting as needed to meet those needs. We are asking, “what do you currently know, what do you want to learn, and how do you want to learn it?”, and additionally working with the community to identify times that learning can happen within their community.
This grant program has also provided youth education at the Lacey Family Spring Hill Boys & Girls Club, “Green Industries Best Management Practices” training for landscapers to support small businesses, and education and outreach around green infrastructure and resilience. Staff continues to collaborate with multiple Spring Hill community partners to sustain these programs beyond the duration of the grant."