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Sustain Our Great Lakes 2018 Funding Opportunity
Pre-Proposals due: February 13, 2018

Sustain Our Great Lakes is soliciting applications for funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The Request for Proposals is available at In 2018, grant funding will be awarded in four categories:

  • Stream and Riparian Habitat
  • Coastal Wetlands
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Special Initiative: Technical Assistance for Michigan Landowners

Eligible applicants include non-profit organization, educational institution, and state, tribal and local governments. Pre-proposals will be due February 13, 2018.


Grants Available for Volunteer Efforts to Clean Michigan’s Waters
February 20, 2018

LANSING, MICH. 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 provides 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 Feb. 20, 2018. The grant application package is available at: Applications are reviewed and assessed by the MDEQ and Great Lakes Commission, with final decisions anticipated in early May 2018.

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, MDEQ, at 517-342-4348 or


The Great Lakes Fishery Trust is Accepting Habitat Protection and Restoration Proposals
 5:00 PM, Friday, February 23, 2018

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting proposals under its Habitat Protection and Restoration grant program. This request for proposals (RFP) will be used for the disbursement of up to $500,000 in grants in 2018. Grants awarded through this RFP are intended for:

  • Protection, enhancement, and/or restoration of valuable Great Lakes fisheries habitat that supports the rehabilitation of lake trout, lake sturgeon, or other important Great Lakes fish populations.
  • Restoration of Great Lakes wetlands.
  • Removal of dams or barriers to restore fish passage.
  • Field inventories that comprehensively identify road-stream crossings and other barriers at the watershed scale for watersheds identified as a high priority in planning or other management documents.
  • Targeted evaluations of the effectiveness of new or experimental approaches in habitat restoration and fish passage
  • Targeted acquisition of land or easements to protect essential habitat.

Due to limited funding, the GLFT will only consider project sites located:

(a) Within the Lake Michigan basin

(b) In the state of Michigan within other Great Lakes basins (e.g., the Michigan shore of lakes Erie, Huron, and Superior)

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the GLFT website at The GLFT will only accept submissions online on or before 5:00 PM, Friday, February 23, 2018. If you have questions regarding the program area or a proposal submission, please contact Jonathon Beard, grant manager, at or (517) 371-7468.


NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants
Pre-proposals Due: March 7, 2018

Up to $15 million may be awarded for coastal resilience projects under the 2018 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants, available for projects that strengthen Great Lakes coastal communities and ecosystems, improving their resilience to extreme weather or other adverse events.

Building on the success of previous NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant competitions, the grant is funding two types of projects this year. New projects will require a pre-proposal and should focus on resilience through habitat restoration. Funding may also be awarded to projects that strengthen coastal communities, chosen from last year’s high scoring proposals.

Closing date for pre-proposals is March 7, 2018. Visit the Coastal Resilience Grant page for detailed description and requirements, and apply at, funding number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2018-2005502. If you have questions please contact Melanie Gange ( or call 301-427-8664.


Great Lakes Protection Initiative
March 15, 2018 for all priorities, with the exception of the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority due March 30, 2018

Through the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, Environment and Climate Change Canada takes action to address the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health by delivering on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

To help achieve this goal, the Environment and Climate Change Canada is making funding available to support action by others to:

  • Prevent toxic and nuisance algae: Increasing participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures by demonstrating innovative approaches and best practices and promoting broad uptake and application.
  • Reduce releases of harmful chemicals: Increasing participation in the application of beyond-compliance measures to reduce releases of chemicals of mutual concern by developing, implementing, assessing and promoting use of innovative approaches.
  • Engage Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues: Enhancing Indigenous capacity to address Great Lakes issues through projects that engage Indigenous Peoples at the community level.
  • Increase public engagement through citizen science: Enhancing Canadians’ knowledge of and engagement in addressing Great Lakes issues through participation in citizen science.
  • Restore Areas of Concern: Supporting action at the local level to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health by implementing projects identified in Area of Concern Remedial Action Plans.

Applications are now being accepted until March 15, 2018 for all priorities, with the exception of the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority. Applications for projects that support the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority will be accepted until March 30, 2018.

To learn more about these funding opportunities and how to apply, please visit or contact

For general information on the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, please visit


EcoAction Community Funding Program
March 21, 2018

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until March 21, 2018, for projects beginning summer 2018.

Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive environmental results related to water or climate change.

Priority will be given to proposals that achieve one of the following environmental results:

  1. Clean Water – Canadians contribute to coastal and fresh water quality, conservation, and biodiversity.
  2. Climate Change
    1. Mitigation: Canadians contribute to reduced emissions; or,
    2. Adaptation: Canadians adapt to current and future climate change impacts.

Note: Climate Change proposals not funded under EcoAction may be shared with other ECCC funding programs.

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

To learn more about the 2018 EcoAction Community Funding Program call for proposals, please join us for a webinar on Thursday, February 15th at 1:00 pm EST. Click here for more information and registration (required).

For more information on this opportunity, please visit the EcoAction Community Funding Program website or contact your Regional Office. Program Officers are available to discuss draft proposals and to provide advice on completing the application form.


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