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2021 Grant Recipients

Communications grants

Benton Harbor Water Council

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Identity Lead Lines for Replacement and  Inform Benton Harbor Residents

Project Description: With the use of technology it will augment the council’s efficiency while relaying messages to the community and utilize the database to keep a closer relationship with the pulse of the city.  Documentation and tools will be developed.

Canadian Environmental Law Foundation

Amount: $22500

Project Title: Lead-Free Drinking Water for all in Ontario

Project Description: The ultimate goal of the campaign is to seek replacement of all lead service lines in Ontario.  To move toward accomplishing this goal, we will seek to increase public awareness, improve consistency in testing and reporting, and remove the cost barriers.

Illinois Environmental Council

Amount: $22500

Project Title: Traditional and Digital Communications Training

Project Description: In order to strengthen our movement throughout the state and amplify our voices, IEC would like to work with Gud Marketing to develop a communications workshop series for our affiliates.


Amount: $22500

Project Title: Increasing Public Dialogue Around Protecting Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie Watershed

Project Description: To increase awareness of the threats and continue to build a constituency around addressing these threats.. PennFuture plans to establish coordinated social media sites  on several platforms as a means of educating a more diverse constituency.

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Amount: $22500

Project Title: PFAS Citizens Call-to-Action:  Campaign to Demand Municipal Testing for PFAS Paa

Project Description: Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEC) proposes to work with partner organizations and engage citizens throughout Wisconsin to demand that local and state regulators take action to address the contamination of our natural resources.

Northeast-Midwest Institute

Amount: $22500

Project Title: Advancing Awareness and Knowledge of the Water Affordability Crisis in the Regio

Project Description: The proposed communications work will endeavor to utilize media outreach, social media, and online programs such as policy webinars to disseminate critical policy information on water affordability.  The goal will be to reach new audiences with research.

We The People of Detroit

Amount: $22500

Project Title: Outreach for Water Affordability

Project Description: The project will create a steady drumbeat of public outreach regarding the importance of affordable water in communities across the country.  

Great Lakes Network Grants

The Junction Coalition

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Environmental Justice and the Cost of Water

Project Description: The Junction Coalition requests funding to continue discussion of a moratorium on residential water shutoffs, to address lead infrastructure in the aging homes, and to provide sink filtration apparatus for drinking water.

Wellington Water Watchers

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Protecting Our Waterways

Project Description: The scope of the work entails retaining a lawyer for legal advice, review of documents, and assistance with producing public education materials to stop a proposed deep geological repository for irradiated nuclear fuel bundles.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Tracking Changes in the Sandusky River Watershed with the Use of Technology

Project Description: The project will study and map/report on the CAFO, and as a result, manure changes in the Sandusky River using a tool created by ELPC that uses satellite and other technology.

Evergreen Community Development Initiative

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Flint Community Lab Training

Project Description: Evergreen Community Development Initiative is requesting $5,000 to support training of nine Flint students in community outreach, communications, and proper lab techniques.

Special Opportunity Grants

Benton Harbor Water Council

Amount: $5000

Project Title: General Support

Project Description: The procurement of funds under this grant serve the purpose of assisting the Benton Harbor community Water Council (BHWC) with expenditures related to the water distribution center operation.

The Junction Coalition

Amount: $1531.14

Project Title: Affordability Assessment Program

Project Description: Junction Coalition will work with the Toledo Water Council to help community members understand the affordability assessment and eventual affordability program to ensure community members are able to take advantage of the outcomes.

Benton Harbor Water Council

Amount: $2400

Project Title: Compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule

Project Description: The Benton Harbor Community Water Council will continue its efforts to work with state regulators and the City to ensure compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule and to provide education regarding leaks in the system and lead pipe changes for community residents.

Dungytreei Heritage Foundation

Amount: $500

Project Title: Drinking Water for Jackson

Project Description: Lead testing in Blackman Township, Michigan revealed concerns with the City of Jackson’s water.  

Nearby Nature Milwaukee

Amount: $500

Project Title: Nearby Nature Database Project

Project Description: Nearby Nature Milwaukee plans to develop a database of environmental organizations and individuals in the community so that members of the community can easily find support.

The Junction Coalition

Amount: $1000

Project Title: General Operating Funds

Project Description: General Operating Funds from a gift from the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Project Grants

Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Protect Niagara Escarpment & Headwaters of Pretty River

Project Description: Participate with Party status at the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office (NEHO) hearing on the proposal by the Township of Clearview to upgrade a summer-only road to a year-round road. 

Friends of the Black River Forest

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Saving Rare Lake Michigan Dunes and Wetlands from a Golf Course Development

Project Description: The Friends of the Black River Forest will use this grant to support their ongoing legal action to save the Lake Michigan shoreline as well as the Black River from a private golf course development.

Sterling Water Stewards

Amount: $4500

Project Title: Developing Fact-Based Strategies for Protecting a Sole-Source Municipal Aquifer

Project Description: Funds will be used to protect the recharge area of the sole source aquifer supplying drinking water to the Village of Fair Haven and portions of the rural Town of Sterling from a proposed bottling plant that could threaten both supply and quality of public water.

Wellington Water Watchers

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Protecting Groundwater& Communities: The Grassroots Push for an Aggregate Moratorium

Project Description: The Wellington Water Watchers is working with five different grassroots groups on the frontlines, all with direct connections to & concerns about the impacts of aggregate mining to the rivers & aquifers that supply drinking water. 


Amount: $4500

Project Title: Reverse the Mine Water Permit

Project Description: In 2021, WaterLegacy’s objective is to secure a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling reversing the water pollution permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in December 2018 for this mine.  

Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition

Amount: $4500

Project Title: Grassroots Citizen Participation at Michigan Hydropower Projects

Project Description: This project will follow three hydropower projects seeking re-licensing.