Pre-Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Download the Full 2018 RFP


The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is soliciting proposals to benefit fish, wildlife, habitat and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants in 2018 to improve and enhance: 1) stream and riparian habitat; 2) coastal wetland habitat; and 3) water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. Up to $5.4 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2018. The program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with ArcelorMittal, Michigan National Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Significant program funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program designed to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem.

In 2018, grant funding will be awarded in three categories:

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

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the Great Lakes basin. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. Up to $5.4 million is expected to be available for grant awards. Individual awards will range from $100,000 to $1 million.

2018 Request for proposals Tip Sheet

Additional Guidance:  Metrics  and Outcomes  , Sea Lamprey Control

Funding Opportunity Webinars

2018 Funding Opportunity – Guidance for Applicants
January 16, 2018 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time
This webinar will share information on the 2018 grant funding opportunity being offered through Sustain Our Great Lakes. Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will also highlight important changes for the 2018 funding cycle. The webinar will begin at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time and last for approximately 1 hour. Register here.

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