FY 2019 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Combined Request for Applications
The interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) targets improvements to address the most significant environmental problems within the Great Lakes Basin.Read the latest GLRI action plan(link is external).https://www.glri.us/sites/default/files/glri-action-plan-2-201409-30pp.pdf
Through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service anticipates that up to $4.1 million in new funds will be available for tree planting and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through theJune 28, 2019, deadline atgrants.gov(link is external). Search for Grant Opportunity NumberUSDA-FS-2019-GLRI. https://www.grants.gov
Anticipated funds will be distributed across three specific program areas described below. The minimum and maximum Federal funding requests vary depending on program area, with an overall range of $50,000 to $350,000. A 20% non-Federal match of the total program cost is required.
Award of grants is contingent on allocation of EPA funding.
1. Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation– Acres treated for mitigation of impacts or control of invasive forest insects and diseases, to enhance biodiversity and water quality.
2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of stormwater runoff avoided through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
3. Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in enhancing native tree and vegetation cover to improve coastal wetland function.
Who May Apply
State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments that work within the Great Lakes Basin of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.Applications no longer require the documented support of State Foresters. However, you are encouraged to work with your State forestry agency and research how your project fits into the goals and objectives of the State Forest Action Plan.View a list of State Foresters (link is external).
· Thursday, May 2, 2019,– Webinar to discuss the Request for Applications, purpose of the grant Program Areas, eligibility, and how to apply. View the webinar recording(link is external)
· Friday, June 28, 2019– Applications must be submitted throughGrants.gov(link is external). 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central).
· September 2019(tentative) – The Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients.Project awards will be made after October 1, 2019, and are contingent on allocation of EPA funding.
How to Apply
See theFY2019 GLRI RFA Instructions Document (12 pages) for complete instructions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/naspf/sites/default/files/fy2019_glri_rfa_instructions_final_20190416.pdf
Full instructions are available on the USDA Forest ServiceGreat Lakes Restoration InitiativeRFA website.https://www.fs.usda.gov/naspf/working-with-us/grants/great-lakes-restoration-initiative
Funding is provided under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.