Funding Opportunities

2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Opportunity

Open Date
Closing Date
Grant Type
Award Period
12 months - 48 months
$50,000 - $10,000,000
Funding Opportunity Number


The objective of the Fiscal Year 2018 NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Grants solicitation is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to habitat restoration projects that both meet NOAA's mission to restore coastal habitats and support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) goal to protect and restore habitats, in order to sustain healthy populations of native fish species in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states. Those states include:

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota

NOAA delivers funding and technical expertise to restore Great Lakes coastal habitats. These habitats support valuable fisheries and important coastal resources, improve the quality of our water, provide recreational opportunities for the public's use and enjoyment, and increase the resilience of our coastal communities to the effects of changing climatic conditions. Proposals submitted under this solicitation will be primarily evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate they have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that will lead to measurable impact on the project’s target species and their ecosystem in the long term.

The NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Project Grants Program will support planning and/or on-the-ground restoration activities. For the purposes of this competition, planning activities are feasibility, engineering and design activities.

Application Process

Who can apply

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, foreign public entities and foreign organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, conservation corps organizations and others that are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the website. A complete standard NOAA financial assistance application package should be submitted in accordance with the guidelines in this document. Each application must include the application forms from the SF-424 form family.

When to apply

Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or received by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 12, 2018.


January 10, 2018: FFO Posted

March 12, 2018: Applications due

March-April: Application review

April/May: Final funding recommendations made to Division Chief for review and approval

June 30: Selected applications submitted to NOAA’s Grants Management Division

July: Public announcement of selected applications. Applicants not selected will be notified via email.

July-September: Awards finalized by NOAA Grants Official and award recipients officially notified

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