Our Great Rivers – request for proposals in community-based practices

The Chicago Community Trust calls for community-led proposals across four of the Trust’s funding arenas: sustainable development, economic development, public health, and arts and culture. River-adjacent neighborhoods throughout the system are invited to apply through representative organizations for funding to administer rivers-related planning, programs and projects. All proposals must align with one or more of the Our Great Rivers vision’s three themes. Read there RFP here.

 

NOAA’s Great Lakes Regional Habitat Restoration Partnerships

NOAA’s Restoration Center has released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) for habitat restoration in Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The FFO is available at http://www.grants.gov/, funding number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2016-2004742. The closing date is February 2, 2016. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for multi-year Great Lakes Regional Habitat Restoration Partnerships. Partnerships will result in implementation of a wide-range of individual habitat restoration projects focused in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern with funds provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. NOAA anticipates up to $5 million may be available to establish habitat restoration partnerships in 2016, with annual funding anticipated to maintain them for up to three years. Typical Partnership awards are expected to range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 per year. Funding will support both engineering and design projects and on the ground implementation projects. If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact either Julie Sims (julie.sims@noaa.gov) or Jessica Berrio (jessica.berrio@noaa.gov).

 

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 14, 2015 by 7:00 p.m. EST. Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. Search Funding Opportunity Number F16AS00008

 

New York Sea Grant and New York Department of Environmental Conservation Requesting Proposals for Small Grants Program

New York Sea Grant in partnership with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting proposals for projects that serve to benefit the environment and economy of New York’s Great Lakes basin. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for projects that implement Goal #2 and Goal #7 of the Great Lakes Action Agenda. Respectively, these goals are to:

  • “control sediment, nutrient and pathogen loadings so that drinking water quality is protected, desired aquatic biotic communities flourish, humans and wildlife are protected from coastline health hazards, and natural processes are sustained” and
  • “enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management”

Community-based and/or project planning, project implementation, information management tool development, demonstration projects and targeted outreach and education initiatives are eligible. Projects must be located within or be directly related to the Great Lakes basin region of New York. To help not-for-profit organizations, local governmental and public agencies, and public and private educational institutions apply for grants, New York Sea Grant will offer informational webinars on August 24, 2015 at 12pm and September 4, 2015 at 12pm. Those interested in registering may email their name and email address to nag3@cornell.edu to receive more information. Proposals will be due by September 30, 2015. Grants will be announced in early November 2015. Full request for proposals and application guidelines are online at http://www.nyseagrant.org/proposals.

 

Fund for Lake Michigan

The Fund for Lake Michigan is now accepting Pre-Proposals as part of our 2015 fall grant cycle. The Fund is seeking projects that improve the water quality of Lake Michigan through habitat restoration, pollutant reduction, stream restoration or improvements to coastal areas in Wisconsin. The Pre-Proposals are due on or before September 25th, 2015. The proposals must be submitted through the Fund’s online grants management system. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent out in October. Please review the guidelines and instructions for further information on the Fund’s grant making priorities and process. Additional information about the Fund can be found on our website.

 

Healing Our Waters Grant Program

Funding specific to Eastern Lake Michigan. Freshwater Future implements the Great Lakes-Healing Our Water Coalition (HOW) grant making program to provide support to groups working toward aquatic restoration efforts in the Great Lakes region. The goal of the program is to provide capacity to groups for their efforts to secure larger-scale federal funding for their overall restoration projects such as the clean-up of sewage and toxic sediments, restoration of damaged habitat, protection of high quality habitat, and control and prevention of invasive species. Funding of up to $15,000 is available to help groups prepare for federal Great Lakes restoration efforts.   There is no deadline. Grants are given on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.

 

Great Lakes Protection Fund: Call for Preproposals

The Great Lakes Protection Fund welcomes brief preproposals to test new regional actions to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes. We are ready to support a new set of project teams and we welcome the chance to discuss your ideas and explore how we can work together to make the Great Lakes healthier. Preproposals received by August 3, 2015 can be considered for support at the Fund’s December 2015 board meeting. We welcome (and encourage) early submittals, inquiries and conversations. Below are themes currently being explored. Please review them for ideas but they should not necessarily limit what you consider proposing.

  • Prototypes of Insurance, Assurance & Financial Products for the Ecosystem
  • Performance-Based Green Infrastructure Competition
  • Smarter Water – Healthier Lakes

To find out more about this call for preproposals, please visit our Projects Wanted page. For information about how an idea becomes a grant, visit our Submitting an Idea page.

 

Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program Request for Applications

This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to support a project to continue monitoring and assessment of Great Lakes coastal wetlands pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II. Since 2011, the status and trends of Great Lakes coastal wetlands have been assessed for all Great Lakes, U.S. and Canadian sides, including connecting channels using a standardized protocol. These protocols quantify bird, amphibian, plant, fish, and invertebrate presence and abundance at wetlands whose water levels are impacted by changing Great Lakes water levels, either through surface or subsurface interactions. These measurements are used to track the quality and long-term trends of coastal wetlands and may further quantify the impacts of various ongoing restoration projects. Approximately $10 million may be awarded in one cooperative agreement over a five year period, consisting of incremental funding of about $2 million per year. July 31, 2015 – Applications must be received by EPA via Grants.gov (the preferred method), mail, overnight delivery, hand delivery, or courier service. Click here for more information including the 2015 RFA for Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.

 

Chi-Cal Rivers Fund

The Chi–Cal Rivers Fund (Fund) is inviting applications for competitive grant funding. With a focus on the major waterways of the Chicago and Calumet region, the program will award grants to reduce stormwater runoff with green infrastructure, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and improve public-use opportunities. Approximately $1.4 million is expected to be available for grant awards. Individual grants will range from $50,000 to $300,000. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM Central Time on July 27, 2015. Additional information about the program, including a map of the region eligible for funding, and the RFP can be found on the Fund’s website, www.nfwf.org/chi-cal.

 

NOAA Federal Funding Opportunity For Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

The coastal resilience grants program will support regional approaches to activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. The full federal funding opportunity — NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324 — is available at Grants.gov. Applications are due by July 24, 2015. Each proposal may request between $500,000 to $1 million in federal funds, and requires a 2:1 federal to non-federal funding cost share in either cash or in-kind matches. Eligible funding applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities and state, local, and tribal governments. More information about the program, including frequently asked questions and a link to the federal funding opportunity, can be found at http://www.coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/.

 

Ohio Sea Grant

The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is requesting pre-proposals for one- to two-year research projects on Great Lakes and marine problems with particular significance to Ohio, Lake Erie, the Great Lakes region, and the nation. Approximately $425,000 is available in each project year (1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017 and 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018); approximately seven $60,000 projects will be funded in this grant cycle. Ohio Sea Grant will also consider larger budgets for inter- or multidisciplinary research projects (requests of up to $100,000 per year). Priority will be given to projects that focus on issues of nutrient loading to Lake Erie and harmful algal blooms or coastal economic development. In particular projects that can create jobs and enhance economic activity through improved practices, product creation and specialized training are encouraged, along with human dimensions studies documenting the economic value of Lake Erie natural resources or of cleaning up Lake Erie Areas of Concern. Pre-proposals are due Thursday, April 23, 2015. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu/archive/research.

 

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from U.S. Forest Service

USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area announces a 2015 GLRI grant funding opportunity for projects in the Great Lakes Basin. More information is provided in the following link:
http://na.fs.fed.us/watershed/gl_restore_initiative.shtm. 2015 Categories are:

  • Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer Impacts
  • Reduce Toxic Substances in Brownfield Sites
  • Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure.

Applications are due March 23, 2015. If you have questions, regarding the types of projects or components that can be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative: New York, Robert Clark, Acting Durham Field Office Representative at (603) 868-7716, or rclark01@fs.fed.us; Ohio and Pennsylvania, Robert Lueckel, Morgantown Field Office Representative at (304) 285-1540, or rlueckel@fs.fed.us; Mid-Western States, Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office Representative at (651) 649-5276, or cyocum@fs.fed.us. Additional information may also be obtained from Phillip Rodbell at (610) 577-4133, or prodbell@fs.fed.us.

 

Healing Our Waters Grant Program

The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition announces the 2015 Healing Our Waters Grant Program. The Program, administered by Freshwater Future, is designed to help groups develop applications for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants and engage the community on existing government-led restoration projects. The HOW Grant Program has been immensely effective in past years, enabling many recipients to successfully apply for GLRI grants and other funding. Similar to 2014, the 2015 HOW Grant Program consists of two parts:

  • Federal Project Support Grants Program: The goal of this program is to provide financial support that will aid in the development and implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other Federal proposals or projects with awards up to $15,000.
  • Community Engagement Grants Program: The goal of this program is to provide financial support to give groups the capacity to engage in federally funded, government led restoration activities occurring or being planned in their community. We are seeking to ensure groups with on-the-ground knowledge and commitment to aquatic resources in their community have the capacity to be an effective stakeholder with project decision makers and help engage additional key community members with awards up to $5,000.

More information, including the RFP, a map of the 2015 priority areas and a link to the application can be found here: http://freshwaterfuture.org/grants/healing-our-waters-grant-program/. If you have any questions or want to discuss project ideas, you can contact Cheryl Kallio at Cheryl@freshwaterfuture.org or 231-571-5001. There is no deadline. Grants are given on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be distributed as they are secured.

 

Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program

The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce the 2014 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (formally known as the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control) grant program. This year’s emphasis will be on the reduction of phosphorus runoff into the Great Lakes. About $1.8 million is available for grants depending on funding. A twenty five percent match is required. Match can be cash or in-kind services. Funding is provided by the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. All grant projects must be explicitly relevant to the reduction of sedimentation and/or phosphorus into the Great Lakes. An estimated ten to fifteen small scale projects will be funded for up to a maximum of $30,000 each. Projects can be up to 36 months in duration. An example of a small scale project is stabilization a 500 foot section of a severely eroding streambank to reduce sediment and particulate phosphorus from entering the Great Lakes. An estimated three to five watershed-scale projects will be funded up to maximum of $250,000 per project. Funding will be available for both technical assistance and financial assistance. The projects will be up to 36 months in duration. An example of a watershed scale projects is planting cover crops on 50,000 acres to reduce phosphorus runoff. Please visit the website at http://keepingitontheland.net/apply-for-funding/ and click on the “Apply for Grants” button at the top right hand side of the page. The due date for applications is 6:00 pm ET April 24, 2015.

 

NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program Project Grants under the U.S. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Areas of Concern

Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern with funds provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. NOAA anticipates that up to $15 million may be available for Great Lakes habitat restoration over the next three years to maintain selected awards, dependent upon the level of funding made available by Congress. The closing date is March 3, 2015.  Award options will include:

  • One year requests for habitat implementation proposals: typical awards for one-year requests for habitat restoration implementation are expected to range between $500,000 and $2 million. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $500,000 or more than $6 million of federal funds.
  • One year requests for engineering and design proposals: typical awards for engineering and design are expected to range between $100,000 and $350,000. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $75,000 or more than $350,000.
  • New this year, multi-year cooperative agreement awards: one, two, or three year proposals will be will be considered and additional releases of funds may be used to fund selected proposals through FY17 without further competition. Typical awards for on the ground implementation are expected to range between $750,000 and $4 million. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $750,000 and more than $10 million for the total for three years. Multi-year funding requests in out-years are expected to be funded based on progress towards milestones and availability of funding.

The FFO is available at www.grants.gov, funding number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004351. If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact either Jessica Berrio (jessica.berrio@noaa.gov) or Julie Sims (julie.sims@noaa.gov).

 

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)

Announces two new funding opportunities for original research projects addressing critical issues in the Great Lakes region and in other coastal areas affected by management activities in the Midwest. For both calls, researchers can request as much as $100,000 per year for up to two years. Research should take place during the 2016-2017 biennium. For full consideration, all PIs must submit a pre-proposal by 5:00 pm CST (6:00 pm EST) on January 20, 2015. Additional questions can be sent to Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu) or Tomas Hook (thook@purdue.edu).

  • The first request for proposals seeks research related to IISG core topic areas. Particular attention will be given to projects within the following themes: Reducing nutrient and chemical contamination of aquatic systems, Forecasting and decision tools for effective environmental management, and Barriers to implementing practices that lessen anthropogenic impact
  • The second request for proposals; IISG has also partnered with Wisconsin Sea Grant to fund projects that will help improve coastal community resiliency to severe weather events. Proposals for this special joint call should: Increase resilience of Lake Michigan coastal communities to severe weather events and/or advance risk-based weather forecasts and communication for the Great Lakes region. Eligible projects will include at least one researcher from Illinois or Indiana and one from Wisconsin.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to states, tribes and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, approximately $2 million is projected to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for fiscal year 2015. Project funding is available to support Great Lakes Basin restoration, research and regional projects. Local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply. All project proposals will be compiled, reviewed and ranked by the Proposal Review Committee, and final funding decisions will be made by the Service in early to late summer of 2015. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 15, 2014 by 8:00 p.m. EST.
The announcement and application guidelines can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/fisheries/glfwra-grants.html

 

NOAA Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants

In cooperation with the NOAA Restoration Center, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is offering funding that supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and other NOAA trust resources. Marine debris is defined as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes”. Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for the national Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY2015. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000. To apply and for further information on this funding opportunity, please visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=265368. Apply By: November 17, 2014. Questions? Contact: Tom Barry (tom.barry@noaa.gov, 301-427-8653).

 

EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants

On July 21, 2014, EPA announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality. In 2014, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000. Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of:

  • rain gardens,
  • bioswales,
  • green roofs,
  • porous pavement,
  • greenways,
  • constructed wetlands,
  • stormwater tree trenches and
  • other green infrastructure measures installed on public property.

Detailed eligibility requirements and application information can be found by clicking here. In order to be considered, project applications must be submitted to EPA by no later than September 1, 2014.

 

EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for grants and/or cooperative agreements to be awarded pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. The RFA is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (“GLRI” or “Initiative”) for FY 2014 and is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under the GLRI. Applications are requested for projects within the following three categories: Invasive Species Control, Watershed Management Implementation, and Sediment Reduction Projects in Priority Watersheds. Applications must be submitted to EPA electronically (or through any alternate authorized submission method) through http://www.grants.gov by 10:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time / 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

 

Great Lakes Fishery Commission Science Transfer Program

The Science Transfer Program is designed to promote partnerships through the communication of information about Great Lakes ecosystems and their fish communities, sea lamprey control, and emerging ecological concepts and technologies to fishery researchers and managers, governments, and the public.  The program provides a dedicated source of funding to support the objectives and activities described in A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries and the commission’s partnership vision statement. Typical Science Transfer Program projects are one to two
years long and range in funding from $5,000 to $25,000. Total annual funding available for the Science Transfer Program is typically $50,000. Proposals are due July 15, 2014, 11:59 pm EST.

 

EPA Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN)

IADN is a long-term binational monitoring network that has been in continuous operation since 1990. IADN measures the concentrations of persistent toxic chemicals in Great Lakes air and precipitation. These measurements are used to track the effectiveness of toxic reduction efforts, determine loadings to the Great Lakes, and identify sources for additional reduction efforts. To view the RFP, please click here; Applications must be received by EPA via Grants.gov (the preferred method), mail, overnight delivery, hand delivery, or courier service by 5:00 p.m. 2 Central Daylight Time / 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 17, 2014.

 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Dam Removal Grant Program

The 2013-15 Biennial Budget provided $4 million for Dam Grants. Of that, approximately $500,000 will be committed to fund dam removal projects for any owner who wishes to remove their dam. The Dam Removal Grant Program provides reimbursement for 100 percent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $50,000 to remove a dam. Applications are accepted on a continual basis and awards are made on a first come first served basis until all of the funding is obligated.

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