We are no longer currently accepting applications for competitive funding. Pre-proposals were due on February 17th.

2016 Funding Opportunity Overview (Download the Request For Proposals)

Sustain Our Great Lakes is soliciting pre-proposals to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants for on-the-ground habitat improvements, with a focus on improving the quality and connectivity of streams, riparian zones and coastal wetlands. Up to $5 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2016. To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the Great Lakes basin. Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request For Proposals. A list of FAQs provides complementary information related to funding eligibility, timelines, and matching funds. Application information for quick reference is provided in a Tip Sheet.

Funding Opportunity Webinars

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners will host the following two webinars to share additional information pertinent to this funding opportunity.

2016 Funding Opportunity – Guidance for Applicants
January 13, 2016 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time
This webinar will provide additional information on the current funding opportunity, offer additional guidance on the application process, give examples of past projects, and provide answers to participant questions. A recording of the webinar can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

Navigating the Fishworks Tool
January 28, 2016 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time
This webinar will provide an overview of the online Fishworks tool, demonstrate how it can help prioritize aquatic passage barriers for removal, and explain how to incorporate this information into project proposals. A recording of the webinar can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

Tools to Help Prioritize Projects

In 2016, grant funding will be awarded in two categories: 1) Stream and Riparian Habitat; and 2) Coastal Wetlands. Information to help prioritize projects is presented here.

  • Stream and Riparian Habitat: Sustain Our Great Lakes supports work across a range of lotic habitats, with an emphasis on improving populations of native migratory fish such as brook trout and lake sturgeon. Coldwater streams have been identified as one important habitat type for the program. Applicants proposing work in coldwater streams are encouraged to align projects with the priority stream catchments visible by clicking here (Mapping data can be obtained by clicking here). Applicants proposing aquatic barrier removals are encouraged to use the new Fishworks tool to help describe expected connectivity improvements relative to other potential barrier removal scenarios in the project watershed.
  • Coastal Wetlands: Sustain Our Great Lakes supports work to improve the quality and connectivity of Great Lakes coastal wetlands, with an emphasis on improving populations of shorebirds, waterfowl, and marsh-spawning fish. Priority is given to projects on non-federal lands that restore and enhance wetlands where monitoring data have been collected by the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (GLCWMP). The locations of coastal wetlands monitored by the GLCWMP can be found by clicking here.

Application Narrative Templates

All application materials must be submitted online through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system, and the narrative template that must be used is available for downloading in Easygrants once an application has been initiated. To see the format and requested content of the narratives prior to initiating an application, you may click on the following links:

*Note that the application narrative is only one of several components of a complete application. All components must be completed in Easygrants prior to submitting an application.*


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