We are currently accepting applications for competitive funding. Pre-proposals are due on February 18, 2015.

2015 Funding Opportunity Overview (Download the Request For Proposals)

The Sustain Our Great Lakes program 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. Approximately $5–7 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2015. 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 Webinar (View the Webinar Recording)

On January 14, 2015, Sustain Our Great Lakes hosted a webinar to provide additional information on the 2015 funding opportunity. A recording of the webinar can be viewed by clicking here. Viewers will learn about funding priorities and the application process, see examples of past projects, and receive tips for submitting competitive proposals. The webinar recording is approximately 1 hour. A pdf version of the webinar slides without the recording can be viewed by clicking here.

Additional Coastal Wetlands Information (Register for the Feb 4 Webinar)

In 2015, grant funding will be awarded in two categories: 1) Stream and Riparian Restoration; and 2) Coastal Wetland Restoration. Within the Coastal Wetlands category, priority will be given to projects on non-federal lands that restore wetlands where monitoring data have been collected and processed by the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (GLCWMP), a multi-year effort led by the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium. Information on the location and ownership of coastal wetlands with processed monitoring data can be found by clicking on the following links, organized by states where they occur (Not all states include GLCWMP wetlands).

The GLCWMP has identified specific restoration needs for coastal wetlands listed in the preceding links, and projects that address those specific needs will be more competitive.  To learn more about the needs for a particular wetland, contact Todd Hogrefe (612-564-7286, todd.hogrefe@nfwf.org) at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. An interactive map of all coastal wetlands to be included in the GLCWMP can be viewed by clicking on the link below. This map depicts all wetlands expected to be monitored by the GLCWMP, but data are not currently available for some of the wetlands shown. The priority wetlands with available data, identified in the preceding links, can be found on the map by searching according to site number.

On February 4, Sustain Our Great Lakes will host a webinar that will describe the coastal wetland restoration priorities under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the current SOGL funding opportunity, provide an update on the status of the monitoring effort, explain how to access and interpret the data, and explain how they can be used by grant applicants and other restoration practitioners. The webinar will begin at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central Time and last for approximately 1 hour.  You can register 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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