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Funding

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

GLRI received approximately $2.56 billion from FY 2010 to FY 2017.

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-FY2016 Focus Area Allocations
Focus Area FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY2017
Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern $146.9M $100.4M $107.5M $111M $104.6M $117M $108M $108M
Invasive Species $60.3M $57.5M $56.9M $45M $54.6M $53M $57M $59M
Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health $97.3M $49.3M $54.3M $45M $59.7M $55M $49M $52M
Habitat and Species $105.3M $63M $57.2M $65.5M $60.6M $46M $51M $50M
Foundations for Future Restoration Actions $65.2M $29.3M $23.5M $17M $20.5M $29M $35M $31M
TOTAL $475 million $299.4 million $299.5 million $283.5 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.

Pie chart of FY17 allocations. Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern: 36%. Invasive Species: 20%. Nonoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health: 17%. Habitat and Species: 17%. Foundations for Future Restoration Actions: 10%.

See FY 2017 GLRI Report to Congress (PDF, 36 pp) for more details

See also: GLRI FY2017 Funding by Agency

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
SEMCOG 2019 Green Infrastructure Implementation Program $265,000 March 29, 2019 Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program $2,200,000 (up to $200,000 per project) March 29, 2019 Great Lakes Commission
Socio-economic analysis of the impact of GLRI funding targeted at improving water quality in the Great Lakes by reducing runoff from agricultural practices $100,000-$150,000 March 22, 2019 Great Lakes Commission
BIA FY19 Request for Proposals: GLRI Annual Competitive Program
(Invasive Species Protection and Control; Agricultural Watershed Nutrients; Habitat Protection and Restoration; Evaluations to Prioritize GLRI Funding)
$5.6 million Feb. 15, 2019 BIA
Habitat Restoration Regional Partnership $5 million Feb. 12, 2019 NOAA
Restoring and Enhancing Stream and Riparian Habitat $1.5 million Pre-proposal: Feb. 12, 201
Full Proposal: April 18, 2019
Sustain Our Great Lakes – Multiple Agencies
Restoring and Enhancing Coastal Wetland Habitat $1.6 million Pre-proposal: Feb. 12, 2019
Full Proposal: April 18, 2019
Sustain Our Great Lakes – Multiple Agencies
Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Great Lakes Communities $3.2 million Pre-proposal: Feb. 12, 2019
Full Proposal: April 18, 2019
Sustain Our Great Lakes – Multiple Agencies
Maintaining and Enhancing Benefits of Habitat Restoration through Invasive Species Control $1.9 million Pre-proposal: Feb. 12, 2019
Full Proposal: April 18, 2019
Sustain Our Great Lakes – Multiple Agencies