The Long Beach Water Department is giving away grants up to $5000 to encourage home owners to replace water-hogging lawns with water-wise landscaping.
The announcement can be downloaded here.
The deadline is September 28, 2007.
The desired projects will require little water and maintenance, have minimal runoff, and provide wildlife habitat.
Although they do not require that projects use native plants (for shame! they do not even mention native plants!), a native garden would meet every single one of their goals (especially wildlife habitat).