Deadline: July 15, 2011
The FY 2011 Federal Budget provides a $300 million earmark for an interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) which will target the most significant Great Lakes environmental problems in the region in five main areas of concern: toxic substances; invasive species; near shore health and nonpoint source pollution; wildlife protection, habitat and restoration; and accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication and partnerships. Four program areas encompass the aforementioned concerns: 1. Restore Urban and Community Forests; 2. Emerald Ash Borer Forest Habitat Restoration; 3. Reduce Toxic Substances in Brownfield Sites; and 4. Payments for Ecosystem Services.
This initiative is an interagency program directed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-sponsored by many agencies including the US Forest Service. Only State Forestry Agencies and Tribes in the Great Lakes States will be eligible to submit or authorize proposals for consideration within the Great Lakes watershed under this competition. Other State agencies, non-profit organizations, and municipalities within the Great Lakes Watershed in the United States are encouraged to work through the State Forestry agencies or tribal administrators to develop and submit proposals. A minimum of $30,000 will be awarded to grants in one of the first three focus areas.
Note: The Payments for Ecosystem Services program is open to all state forestry agencies, NGOs, municipalities, tribes, or other organizations located wholly or partially within the Great Lakes Watershed (GLW). Projects located in counties wholly within the GLW will receive priority; projects from counties partially within the GLW will be required to leverage matching funding for any and all program coverage that falls outside of the GLW region. Up to $220,000 may be awarded.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative