Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Jobs and Fellowships

Audubon is hiring – Great Lakes Update & Field Organizer

Audubon is building out their capacity to mobilize their network within the Great Lakes with our first two field organizing positions – one located in Detroit and one in New York – which will focus on Great Lakes and climate initiatives.

Western New York:

Tides Canada is hiring:

Director, Strategic Programs

Tides Canada is seeking a leader for our Strategic Programs team. Are you committed to the environment and a just Canadian society? Do you want to work on diverse and challenging issues across the country? Are you a dynamic leader with a passion for supporting and mentoring a professional team to achieve significant results? If so, this position may be for you.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Development and Strategic Initiatives, the Director provides leadership and accountability for the delivery and impact of the Strategic Programs team’s work. The Strategic Programs team is responsible for a wide range of activities, including research, program and partnership development, service provision to diverse parties, and grantmaking.

View the full posting.

Campaign Manager, Toxic-free Canada

Tides Canada is seeking a Campaign Manager for our work towards a Toxic-free Canada. The successful candidate will play a lead role coordinating the development and implementation of a campaign focused on significantly reducing the exposure of toxics in Canada. The Campaign Manager will provide leadership to the collaboration including work planning and budgeting, program evaluation, communications, and grantmaking. They will work to engage existing members of the collaborative, partners, and allies as well as recruit new members, partners, and allies.

View the full posting.

Communication Specialist, Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) Communication Specialist works with the ISN Coordinator and other members of the ISN team to implement the two-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program grants, which fund the position. Primary responsibilities include engaging municipalities in invasive species ordinances and treatments and assisting with outreach.

View posting here.


Sustain Our Great Lakes 2017 Funding Opportunity Webinar & Proposal Deadline
Webinar: January 10, 2017, Proposals Due: February 21, 2017

Please join Sustain Our Great Lakes for a webinar on January 10, 2017 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time to learn about the grant funding opportunity to be offered through Sustain Our Great Lakes. The webinar will highlight important changes for the 2017 funding cycle, including the addition of funding for green storm water infrastructure, and the removal of the pre-proposal phase.

On January 3, Sustain Our Great Lakes will solicit applications for funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The Request for Proposals will be available at In 2017, grant funding will be awarded in three categories:

  • Stream and Riparian Habitat
  • Coastal Wetlands
  • Green Storm Water Infrastructure – New funding category in 2017

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. Full-proposals will be due on February 21, 2017. Please note that there will be NO PRE-PROPOSAL stage for this funding cycle. The full proposal narrative template is available for reference and can be viewed by clicking here.

Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, see examples of past projects, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will begin at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time and last for approximately 1 hour. Register here.


Up To $26 Million Available From EPA for GLRI Projects
Due: January 13, 2017

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2016) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a request for applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $26 million will be available for grants to state, tribal, interstate and local governmental agencies, institutions of higher learning and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are due Jan. 13, 2017.

”The GLRI is getting results in reviving the Midwest’s environment and economy,” said Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator. “Investments made under this RFA will support the Great Lakes so the Great Lakes can continue to support us.”

EPA anticipates funding projects in the following categories:

  • Great Lakes Taxonomy and Barcodes to Support Early Detection Monitoring (EPA-R5-GL2016-TAG)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,600,000 for approximately 4 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $400,000 in EPA funding to support the taxonomic vouchering of invertebrate specimens and the development of reference barcodes.

  • Invasive Species Control (EPA-R5-GL2016-ISC)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $10,000,000 for approximately 18 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $600,000 in EPA funding that control invasive species and initiate the long-term stewardship of project sites.

  • Foundations for Invasive Species Collaborations (EPA-R5-GL2016-FFC)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,500,000 for approximately 5 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $300,000 in EPA funding that initiate species-specific Great Lakes invasive species management collaborations.

  • Phosphorus Risk Reduction Pilots in Western Lake Erie Agricultural Watersheds (EPA-R5-GL2016-PRR)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,500,000 for approximately 5 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $500,000 in EPA funding for a pilot initiative that seeks to expand the tools available to farmers seeking to reduce phosphorus losses through a risk management approach.

  • Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2016-AWM)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $5,200,000 for approximately 10 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $750,000 in EPA funding to reduce nonpoint source pollution to the Great Lakes from agricultural sources.

  • Urban Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2016-UWM)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $5,400,000 for approximately 13 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $500,000 in EPA funding to reduce nonpoint source pollution to the Great Lakes from urban sources.

  • Agricultural Incentive Program Effectiveness (EPA-R5-GL2016-AIP)

EPA expects to provide up to $750,000 in EPA funding for one cooperative agreement to undertake a socio-economic analysis of the effectiveness of current approaches intended to engage agricultural producers and change on-farm decision making to improve water quality in the GLRI Priority Watersheds (Lower Fox River, WI; Saginaw River, MI; Maumee River, OH; and Genesee River, NY).

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The request for applications and information about applying for GLRI grants is available at

The GLRI was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. The program has so far funded more than 3,000 projects to improve water quality, to protect and restore native habitat and species, to prevent and control invasive species and to address other environmental problems in the Great Lakes basin.

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative visit

Potential Applicants with questions can contact Bart Mosier ( 312-353-4513

Media Contact: Peter Cassell ( 312-886-6234


2016-2017 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program

Due: February 1, 2017

The next deadline for applications the Indigenous Environmental Network’s/WMAN Mining Mini-Grant Program is February 1, 2017. Please note they have a new email address for submission of proposals and reports: They ask that you use this new address to ensure receipt of your materials and consideration of your application. They cannot guarantee your application will be considered if you do not submit it electronically to this new email address.

The goal of the Mining Mini-grants Program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.

Applications accepted are accepted three times a year: June, October, and February. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision within one month of the application deadline.


There will be an “emergency” fund for extremely time-sensitive projects that fall between grant cycles (i.e., needs that could not have been anticipated at the time of the last cycle and cannot wait to be addressed until the next cycle). These grants will be very limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Mini-Grant Review Committee.

This year, they want to begin highlighting the accomplishments and successes of the organizations that receive our funding. They ask that when you compile your report, you include one sentence that sums up how you used the funding or achieved a successful conclusion of your work with the mini-grant funding. This information will be shared with funders, other WMAN and IEN participants, and on their websites.

WMAN/IEN Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-grants program criteria:
As stated above, the goal of this program is:

To support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.

Grant proposals submitted to this program should reflect that goal. In addition, they must meet all of the following criteria:
(As written by WMAN/IEN)

1) Priority will be given to US and Canadian community-based grassroots groups directly affected by mining. Secondarily, we will also accept proposals from regional or national organizations in the US and Canada working on mining- specific issues. Projects proposed should be directly related to one or more mining issues (closed/abandoned mine issues needing citizen attention are included and do fit this program).

2) Unfortunately, we are not able, at this time, to fund proposals related to oil, gas or tarsands issues. We hope in the future to see funding established to provide community-based grants to groups addressing those important issues.

3) Grassroots community-based organizations, regional and national organizations, and tribes, tribal programs, and First Nations organizations in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S..

4) At least half of our grants will be awarded to indigenous-led groups.

5) We prefer to make grants to organizations with a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax designation, or those working with a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)3, however this is not a requirement. We do not, however, write grant checks to individuals. For all US-based groups to whom we write a check we need an EIN number.

6) Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign. Funds cannot be used for an organization’s usual general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.

7) Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio- economic and cultural lines.

8) Applicants may receive one grant per twelve-month cycle. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.

9) Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.

10) Within six months after receiving the grant, recipients must submit a 1-2 page report to Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) Education Project by emailing it to: In that report, please answer the following two questions: 1) Please describe how the grant funds were used and outcomes of this investment (how did these funds benefit your issue or programs?), and 2) how specific dollar amounts were used (for example: $1000 printing, $800 plane ticket, $150 hotel, $1050 public meeting expenses = total $3000). If your organization needs an extension for using the funds and/or sending the report, that is fine, but please contact Mary and Simone to let us know. Please be aware that a group will not be considered for future grants until such a report is submitted.

11) In your report, we ask that you include one sentence that sums up how you used the funding or achieved a successful conclusion of your work with the funding. We want to share your success with others on our website and elsewhere. For example: “Mini-grant funding enabled us to hire a hydrologist who characterized and mapped our watershed to predict dewatering impacts from the proposed Axis copper mine in southern Arizona.”

Any questions? We are happy to help. Please contact either Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967, or Mary Costello, WMAN Network Coordinator at (208) 610-4896 . You can also email us your questions:


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Great Lakes Commission
Due: February 2, 2017

Grants available for volunteer efforts to clean Michigan’s waters

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Great Lakes Commission today announced the availability of $25,000 for small grants to support local efforts to clean up Michigan rivers, streams, and creeks.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program supports grants to local units of government to help clean Michigan waterways. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work. A 25 percent minimum local match is required.

The program is funded by fees from the sale of Michigan’s specialty water quality protection license plates, available from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The application deadline is February 2, 2017. The grant application package is available at Applications are reviewed and assessed by the DEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated in April 2017.

To learn more about the grant program, contact Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at 734-971-9135 or Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Water Resources Division, DEQ, at 517-284-5544 or

The DEQ is dedicated to respect for Michigan’s citizens, stewardship of the environment, and support for a sustainable economy.


2017-18 Great Lakes Commission – Sea Grant Fellowship
Application deadline: Feb. 17, 2017, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT

The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The upcoming year (2017/2018) will be the 18th year of the program. The selected Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy, communication and education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. The Fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. The Fellow will be located at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The length of assignment is one year and is non-renewable. The inclusive dates of the fellowship are June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018; however, start and end dates are negotiable to accommodate academic semester or other recipient needs.

Eligible applicants include those who, at the time of application, are enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or have completed their graduate or professional degree within the six months immediately prior to the time of application (e.g. graduated on or after August 1, 2016).

Application Process and Materials
Interested individuals must contact and apply for this fellowship through a Great Lakes Sea Grant program (IN/IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) which serves as a sponsor for the applicant. Applications must be submitted to one (and only one) of the Great Lakes Sea Grant program directors (listed in this posting), who will screen the applications and recommend candidates to the Great Lakes Commission. Each application must include:

Personal and academic resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages);
Education and career goal statement emphasizing the applicant’s abilities and expectations for the fellowship experience (1,000 words or less);
Two letters of recommendation, of which one must be from the student’s faculty advisor or major professor. For continuing students, this letter should clearly state the professor’s endorsement of the student’s acceptance of the fellowship, if offered.
A personalized letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant director that describes what makes the applicant a good candidate for the Fellowship; and A clear scanned copy of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
Note: Thesis papers or practicums should not be included

Additional information and full posting is here.


Michigan Sea Grant
Due: 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for innovative research projects
and graduate fellowships for the 2018-2020 funding period. Michigan Sea Grant
sends out RFPs for research projects every two years. Michigan Sea Grant will
support three types of research this funding cycle:

•       Integrated Assessment – Research that uses Integrated Assessment
methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great
Lakes, up to $75,000 per year for two years.
•       Core Research – Basic core research on issues currently affecting the
Great Lakes ecosystem, up to $100,000 per year for two years.
•       Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Graduate student (M.S. or
Ph.D.) research fellowships for one or two years, up to $50,000 total per

Funding for Integrated Assessment and Core Research will support two-year
projects that begin February 1, 2018, and end by January 31, 2020. Fellowships
may begin in 2018 (one or two year period) or 2019 (one year period).

Qualified researchers at accredited Michigan universities are eligible to be
Principal Investigators on MISG-funded projects. Graduate fellowships will
support a graduate student enrolled at an accredited Michigan university with
support of a faculty member from that institution.

All proposals require a 50 percent non-federal match (one non-federal dollar
for every two federal dollars requested). Funding is contingent upon NOAA
approval and congressional appropriation of funds.

The deadline for Integrated Assessment and Core Research pre-proposals is 5
p.m. March 3, 2017 (EST). Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals are
due by 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017.  Funding decisions will be announced early
September 2017.

For details on these opportunities, see:

Catherine Riseng
Research Program Manager
Amy Samples
Coastal Resilience Specialist and Research Program Coordinator

Michigan Sea Grant
University of Michigan
520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210

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