Grant Applications and Requirements

Grant Applications and Requirements

Special Opportunity Grants are for grassroots projects that impact a Great Lakes Watershed. These grants can be used to fund up to $500 USD of a project. Special Opportunity Grant (SOG) requests are processed differently than traditional grants to help ensure a quick turnaround, therefore we maintain a reserve to support urgent projects or those that present a special, time-limited opportunity.

Great Lakes Network Grants are grants of up to $5,000 to support work that is required to achieve an important Great Lakes policy goal. Examples include hiring a consultant to draft a response to a government policy proposal, supporting an awareness campaign in the lead up to an important decision, or hiring an expert to clarify technical information. Applicants must be a member of the Great Lakes Network.

Project Grants Program are  grant to provide financial support for activities led by community groups working to promote river, lake, shoreline, wetland, groundwater, and drinking water protection in the Great Lakes Basin through grassroots advocacy efforts. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 for grassroots project expenses and activities that promote water protection.

Requirements for all grant participants 
United States applicants that do not have 501(c)(3) tax status or Ontario applications that are not registered charities governed by the Charities Accounting Act must have a sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization or registered charity. Learn more about sponsorship.

Please email your letter to laurie@freshwaterfuture.org

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