Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017  by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

(The pre-proposal stage included in past years has been eliminated for 2017)

Download the Full 2017 RFP


The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is soliciting proposals to improve habitat and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants for: 1) stream habitat improvements; 2) coastal wetland habitat improvements; and 3) green storm water infrastructure in Great Lakes shoreline cities. Up to $7.8 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2017. The program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with ArcelorMittal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S.D.A. 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 2017, grant funding will be awarded in three categories:

  • Stream and Riparian Habitat
  • Coastal Wetlands
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure – New funding category in 2017

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 $7.8 million is expected to be available for grant awards. Individual awards will range from $50,000 to $1.5 million.

2017 Funding Opportunity Narrative

2017 Request for proposals Tip Sheet

Note: The full proposal project narrative represents one component of the full proposal. Please visit easygrants.nfwf.org to complete the additional requirements for full proposal submission.

Funding Opportunity Webinars

2017 Funding Opportunity – Guidance for Applicants
January 10, 2017 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time
This webinar will share information on the 2017 grant funding opportunity being offered through Sustain Our Great Lakes. Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, see examples of past projects, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will also highlight important changes for the 2017 funding cycle, including the addition of a funding category, green storm water infrastructure, and the removal of the pre-proposal phase for applicants. The webinar will begin at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time and last for approximately 1 hour. Register here.

Sign up to receive news & updates from SOGL