Freshwater Future and the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Launch new Grants Program:

Freshwater Future and the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Launch new Grants Program:

Help available to environmental and conservation groups to take part in the Obama administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) is offering a new grants program, administered by Freshwater Future, to help local groups in the Great Lakes region obtain and use funds from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The HOW Coalition’s Implementation Program will help ensure local groups are equipped to manage and complete effective projects with GLRI funds and by so doing, will help ensure sustained support from the federal government to clean up, restore and heal the Great Lakes.

The HOW Implementation Program has identified five areas in the Great Lakes to focus our efforts to support available GLRI funding for 2010 ($475 million) and in the upcoming 2011 fiscal year. These priority areas were selected by a panel of Great Lakes scientists because they were in great need of restoration yet hold significant promise for restoration success. The areas include:

  • Lake Superior: St Louis Bay and St. Louis River
  • Lake Michigan: Chicagoland
  • Lake Huron: Saginaw Bay
  • Lake Erie: Western Lake Erie and Maumee Bay
  • Lake Ontario: Eastern Lake Ontario

The Implementation Program will be providing $200,000 throughout these five areas to help jump-start projects. If you have a restoration project idea in one of the Priority Areas, please check-out the request for proposals found at our website, www. Grant deadline is July 15th. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Mendoza at 231-571-5001 or



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