Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Jobs and Fellowships

We are hiring – Join Freshwater Future’s Team!

Policy Program Associate:

The Policy Program Associate helps build and support a base of community level organizations working to protect water in the Great Lakes region and connect those organizations to policy opportunities of interest.  To view the full job description click here.

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.

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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.


2017 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Request for Applications
Due: April 13, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that $3 million in new funds will be available for tree planting in the Great Lakes Basin. For more information, see the attached announcement and the summary below.

Grant Focus: This program is intended to support competitive projects that implement strategic, priority actions within Forest Service authorities to restore, protect, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. Projects must plant trees to improve tree cover to positively impact the quality of water entering the lakes. Successful projects will respond to one of the following Program Areas:

1. Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts: Acres treated for tree canopy restoration with non-host species in urban EAB quarantine areas to enhance and restore biodiversity and water quality.
2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of storm water runoff avoided from degraded sites through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
3. Enhance Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in planting native trees and vegetation to improve coastal wetland function.

Granting organization: U.S. Forest Service, through an agreement with U.S. EPA


Informational Webinar: March 13th, 11:00 am Eastern/10:00 am Central;

Application deadline: April 13, 2017

Who is eligible: State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments.

Grant award amount: $50,000 – $200,000 depending on which ‘Program Area’ the project focuses on.

Grant duration: 2 years

Match requirement: None

Geographic focus: Proposed projects must lie entirely within the Great Lakes watershed, as mapped in RFA instructions.


The Great Lakes Commission
Due: April 14, 2017

The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for the 2017 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program grant program. This program, formerly known as the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, is administered by the Great Lakes Commission through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). To date, this program has supported more than 490 projects to reduce the input of unwanted sediment, nutrients, and other sediment-borne pollutants into Great Lakes, reducing soil erosion by an estimated two million tons and phosphorus loadings by two million pounds.

For program year 2017, two grant options are being offered; small scale grant projects and larger watershed scale grant projects. Grants provided under this year’s program will focus on reducing sediment and phosphorus runoff into the Great Lakes. Please check the “2017 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS” for details at: Click on the “Apply for Grants” button at the top right hand side of the page to begin the application process. The due date for applications has been extended to 6:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2017. A 25 percent non-federal match is required for each project. The match can be provided as cash or in-kind services. Funding is provided by NRCS through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

All grant projects must explicitly reduce sediment and phosphorus entering the Great Lakes. Funding will be available for both technical assistance and financial assistance.

An estimated ten to twelve small scale projects will be funded for up to a maximum of $50,000 each. Projects can be up to 36 months in duration. An example of a small scale project is the installation of a phosphorus scrubber device in a waterway to reduce phosphorus from entering the Great Lakes.

An estimated four to five watershed-scale projects will be funded up to maximum of $200,000 per project. The projects may be up to 36 months in duration. An example of a watershed scale project is establishing a 4R cost-share program with stratified soils samples to reduce dissolved phosphorus entering the Great Lakes.

Any questions should be directed to Gary Overmier at or 734-971-9135.


The J.M.K. Innovation Prize
Due: April 28, 2017

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize – The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is an exciting initiative of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. In 2017 up to ten prizes will be awarded non-profits and mission-driven for-profits that are tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000/year, as well as a $25,000 bank of funds for technical assistance or targeted project expenses. Round one applications will be accepted now through April 28, 2017. Learn more here.

This year, prize recipients will ideally present innovative concepts that fall within, in-between or in a matter related to the Fund’s three funding categories:
The Environment – Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change.
Heritage Conservation – Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places.
Social Justice – Supporting decarceration and humane immigrant integration.
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will be awarded to projects or ideas that: represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; are innovative within, in-between or in a manner related to the Fund’s three funding areas; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with Prize funding; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.
Some cutting-edge social innovation can be more impactful using market solutions, but may require philanthropic seed capital. Unlike the 2015 edition of the Prize, then, mission-driven for-profit organizations are also eligible to apply for the 2017 Prize. In this case, funding would be in the form of philanthropic grants; the Fund would not take an equity stake in these companies.
Interested individuals or teams may apply for The J.M.K. Innovation Prize from January 25 through April 28, 2017.

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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