Coalition Announces Grants to Help Groups Secure Great Lakes Restoration Funding

On Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Request for Applications for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, or GLRI, funding. The agency is particularly interested in applications from states, tribes, local governments, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is providing over $100,000 in grants to help groups secure GLRI federal funding for restoration activities in the states of  Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. The effort will ensure local groups are equipped to manage and complete effective programs with GLRI funds and by so doing, will help ensure sustained support from the federal government to clean up, restore and heal the Great Lakes.

Coalition Grants Help Win Federal Funding
For the past three years, the Coalition has awarded grants to help groups successfully participate in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In 2010 and 2011 the Coalition awarded $330,000. Recipients leveraged that money to receive more than $6.3 million in federal funding, including more than $1.7 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative awards.

In 2010, Huron Pines, a nonprofit conservation group in northeastern Michigan, received a $15,000 grant from the Coalition, which helped the organization win a $382,000 GLRI grant to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into the Rifle River. In 2011 the group received an additional Coalition grant of $10,000 grant to expand the scope and impact of the three-year river restoration project. Abigail P. Ertel, Watershed Project Manager, Huron Pines, said:

The support that Huron Pines received from Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition has been instrumental in implementing our larger Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant successfully and has allowed us to expand the overall impact of our work. Funding from HOW allowed Huron Pines to increase capacity for conservation in Northeast Michigan by providing the resources to develop a strong volunteer base as well as providing the organization with the ability to dedicate more time and effort to pairing the right partners with the best projects.  Ensuring these relationships are built on a solid foundation translates into strong, on-the-ground restoration projects with concrete results.  Overall the partnership between Huron Pines and Healing Our Waters is leading the way in demonstrating to future funders that watershed protection in this region is important, and that local conservation organizations are having a positive impact.”

EPA Awarding $9.5 Million
The EPA will award approximately $9.5 million under this current GLRI request for applications for about 20 projects, contingent on the availability of appropriations, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations. This request for applications is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2013. It is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under GLRI. Applications are requested for projects within the following four categories:
-Reducing exposure to toxic substances from fish consumption
-Invasive species prevention and control
-Lake Erie Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative
-Facilitation of Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) stakeholder forums

A webinar explaining the GLRI grant application process will be held at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, July 30.  Register for the webinar. Or, find out more information about the request for applications.

Here you will find more information about the Healing Our Waters request for proposals and application  grants program. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Kallio at


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