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Funding

Current GLRI Funding Opportunities

Agencies use their own mechanisms to announce grant opportunities that use GLRI funds. If you know of an opportunity for GLRI funding that is not posted below, send an email so we can post it.

Topic Amount Proposals Due Agency
Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program $900,000 Feb. 9, 2024 NOAA
Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) for Indigenous Communities Program $300,000 March 1, 2024 NOAA

 

How much money has been provided under the GLRI for Great Lakes restoration?

GLRI received approximately $3.8 billion from FY 2010 to FY 2021.

How does the money fund restoration projects?

EPA and its partner agencies agree on program and project priorities to implement the GLRI Action Plan.

The money is appropriated to EPA. EPA provides funding to other federal government agencies. In turn, those agencies (and EPA, too) use that money to fund restoration projects. Since the start of GLRI, EPA has provided more than half of the funds appropriated to its partner federal agencies.

Agencies undertake projects themselves; they also fund projects performed by other entities such as:

  • states
  • tribes
  • local governments
  • universities
  • nongovernmental organizations

Agencies that receive GLRI funds use several kinds of funding mechanisms, including:

  • interagency agreements
  • fund transfers
  • competitive grants
  • capacity-building grants

Agencies provide notice of funding opportunities in accordance with their regular practices, such as posting competitive announcements through grants.gov.

See projects funded under GLRI

What kind of projects have been funded?

All projects must support one of the GLRI focus areas:

  1. Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
  2. Invasive Species
  3. Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health (formerly Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution FY2010-2014)
  4. Habitat and Species (formerly Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration FY2010-2014)
  5. Foundations for Future Restoration Actions (formerly Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships FY2010-2014)

 

 

Table 1: GLRI FY2010-FY2022 Focus Area Allocations as of December 2022
(Dollars in Thousands)

Focus Area Toxic Substances and AOC Invasive Species Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health Habitat and Species Foundations for Future Restoration Actions TOTAL
FY 2010 $146,900 $60,300 $97,300 $105,300 $65,200 $475,000
FY 2011 $100,400 $57,500 $49,300 $63,000 $29,300 $299,400
FY 2012 $107,500 $56,900 $54,300 $57,200 $23,500 $299,500
FY 2013 $111,000 $45,000 $45,000 $65,500 $17,000 $283,500
FY 2014 $105,000 $54,600 $59,300 $60,600 $20,500 $300,000
FY 2015 $120,200 $53,600 $51,000 $49,000 $26,200 $300,000
FY 2016 $106,600 $56,400 $51,700 $54,200 $31,100 $300,000
FY 2017 $107,500 $62,200 $47,900 $49,500 $32,900 $300,000
FY 2018 $105,600 $56,700 $50,600 $52,400 $34,700 $300,000
FY 2019 $107,400 $57,000 $51,200 $51,400 $33,000 $300,000
FY 2020 $115,800 $62,900 $51,000 $54,500 $35,800 $320,000
FY 2021 $118,500 $66,000 $55,400 $56,200 $33,900 $330,000
FY 2022* $268,800 $77,500 $81,300 $81,700 $38,600 $548,000
             

 

 *FY22 allocations are preliminary. They reflect adjustments as a result of allocating Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding

Percentage Allocation FY 2021

See Financial Pages of GLRI Reports to Congress for more information.