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Funding

Current grant opportunities

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

GLRI received approximately $3.48 billion from FY 2010 to FY 2020.

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-FY2019 Focus Area Allocations (as of Oct. 10, 2019)
Focus Area FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019
Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern $146.9M $100.4M $107.5M $111M $105M $120.2M $106.6M $107.5M $105.6 $107.5
Invasive Species $60.3M $57.5M $56.9M $45M $54.6M $53.6M $56.4M $62.2M $56.7 $56.9
Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health $97.3M $49.3M $54.3M $45M $59.3M $51M $51.7M $47.9M $50.6 $51.7
Habitat and Species $105.3M $63M $57.2M $65.5M $60.6M $49M $54.2M $49.5M $52.4 $50.2
Foundations for Future Restoration Actions $65.2M $29.3M $23.5M $17M $20.5M $26.2M $31.1M $32.9M $34.7 $33.7
TOTAL $475 million $299.4 million $299.5 million $283.5 million $300 million $300 million $300 million $300 million $300 million $300 million

The percentage of total funding allocated to each focus area has stayed largely the same year to year.

GLRI Percentage Allocation FY2019 Pie Chart

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

What grant opportunities are available for GLRI funding?

Agencies use their own mechanisms to announce grant opportunities that use GLRI funds.

Topic Amount Proposals Due Agency
Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program FY22 $920,000 Sept. 9, 2021 NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program $1,738,000 April 16, 2021 Great Lakes Commission
GLRI Trash Free Waters FY2021 Request for Applications $5 million March 5, 2021 U.S. EPA
Sustain Our Great Lakes FY2021 $8.5 million Feb. 15, 2021 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Shipboard Evaluation of the Effectiveness of IMO Compliant and U.S. Coast Guard Type Approved Ballast Water Management Systems in Great Lakes Water $1,825,000 Feb. 11, 2021 DOT-Maritime Administration