The 2016 Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition implementation program is now accepting proposals. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to give groups the capacity to develop aquatic restoration project ideas and/or apply for federal funding for the restoration work. Check out the RFP to learn more.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (January 20, 2016)—A U.S. Senate committee today is considering a bill that is an integral piece of federal Great Lakes restoration efforts. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, which is being debated today at 10 a.m. Eastern by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports efforts to restore fish as wildlife habitat, clean up toxic pollution, reduce farm and city runoff, and fight invasive species. The popular program has supported more than 2,900 projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York since its inception in 2009.
Authorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a top priority of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
Sustain Our Great Lakes has announced their 2016 Request for Proposals to fund habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. Up to $5 million is available for grants in two categories: Stream and Riparian Habitat restoration or enhancement and Coastal Wetland restoration or enhancement. Individual grants will range from $50,000 to $1.5 million. The submission deadline is February 17, 2016. Details can be found here, you can view the RFP here, or find general information on www.sustainourgreatlakes.org.
There will also be two webinars with additional information related to this grant funding:
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (December 16, 2015)—The U.S. House and Senate last night released the 2016 federal omnibus budget, which advances several Great Lakes priorities to protect clean drinking water, keep beaches open, and restore fish and wildlife habitat that are the foundation of the region’s outdoor recreation economy. The fiscal year 2016 budget:
- Provides $300 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, reduce farm and city runoff, and combat invasive species;
- Authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for one year to ensure that the nation maintains its commitment to the Great Lakes; and,
- Helps local communities prevent sewage contamination by funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund at $1.39 billion nationally, approximately $510 million of which will be invested in the eight-state Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Read the budget here.
Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:
“This budget sends a strong message that Great Lakes restoration remains a top priority for the nation. It keeps federal Great Lakes restoration efforts on track, and it benefits millions of people. We’re glad to see that programs that are producing results around the region will continue.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a funding opportunity for habitat restoration work in Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The funding is available for multi-year partnerships that applicant groups would form with NOAA to work on Great Lakes regional habitat restoration. The specific habitat restoration projects would be decided on after the partnership between NOAA and the applicant is formed, but all projects will focus on restoration of U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2016 – please note that federal funding applications require a DUNS number and registration in the System for Award Management, which can take some time to acquire.