The U.S. Forest Service announces that up to $4.15 million in new funds are expected to be available for reforestation, ecosystem restoration and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore one of the largest systems of fresh surface water in the world—the Great Lakes.
Donor Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture
State: Selected States
County: Selected Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $300,000
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will support projects in the Great Lakes basin that implement the following strategic, priority actions:
- Mitigate Forest Insect and Disease Impacts–Implement targeted reforestation and forest protection actions to minimize invasive forest insect and disease impacts on watersheds.
- Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure – Capture or treat stormwater runoff by planting trees and other vegetation as an integral component of green infrastructure.
- Restore and Connect Coastal and Riparian Forest Habitats– Protect, restore, and enhance high-quality coastal zone and connecting riparian ecosystems where trees are an important component.
- Award Ceiling: $300,000
- Award Floor: $50,000
- State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments are eligible for GLRI funding in all Program Areas. Projects must be located within the Great Lakes Basin of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Eligible applicants are encouraged to consult with their appropriate State Forester, Tribal administrator (for federally recognized Tribes), or Forest Supervisor (for work near National Forests) to develop and submit applications.
- The Great Lakes watershed is defined as those areas within the United States that currently or historically drain into Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, or Lake Ontario, or drain into the St. Lawrence River west of where the International Boundary line leaves the river.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.