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Trash-Free Great Lakes Grant Program

EPA Administrator Wheeler speaking at a lectern in front of the EPA research ship Lake Guardian.

(July 31, 2019) U.S. EPA has announced a new GLRI grant program specifically focused on funding trash-free water projects in the Great Lakes.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and EPA Region 5 Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp visited Cleveland July 19 to announce the Trash-Free Great Lakes Grant Program. 

“Removing trash, litter and garbage - including plastics - from marine and freshwater environments is one of EPA's highest priorities," said Wheeler. "The Trash-Free Great Lakes Grant Program is intended to fund efforts by communities and other applicants to clean up beaches and waterways so that the Great Lakes watershed will continue to provide habitat for wildlife and drinking water and recreation for tens of millions of people."

EPA expects to issue a Request for Applications in October to solicit applications from eligible entities for GLRI grants. Once the RFA is released, applicants will have approximately 45 days to respond. EPA anticipates that approximately $2 million in total funding will be available, with a maximum grant amount of $500,000 per project. Up to 12 grants could be awarded, including two larger scale projects and 10 smaller scale projects.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Visits Cleveland, Announces Trash-Free Great Lakes Grant Program