Through the Fiscal Year 2019 NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants federal funding opportunity, NOAA will establish new regional habitat restoration partnerships, and provide up to $5 million toward restoration activities in the Great Lakes. This opportunity is offered through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Proposals submitted under this solicitation will be primarily evaluated based on applicants’ ability to demonstrate that they can develop and manage scientifically sound habitat restoration projects, work well with diverse partners, and effectively manage federal awards.
Great Lakes coastal 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.
Through this solicitation NOAA will 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 goal to protect and restore habitats to sustain healthy populations of native fish species in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states:
The NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Partnership Grant 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. New for this opportunity, projects can be focused both in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) as well as outside of AOCs in the Great Lakes Basin.
Priority will be given to partnerships that fulfill the following goals:
- Restore degraded Great Lakes coastal habitat and contribute to NOAA goals including the recovery and sustainability of native riverine and lacustrine species in the Great Lakes.
- Contribute to GLRI measures of progress, listed in the GLRI Action Plan II for FY2015 - 2019.
- Target important geographic areas and resources for restoration work that will create functional habitats for native riverine and lacustrine species migration, reproduction, growth, and seasonal refuge that yields significant ecological and societal benefits.
- Work with NOAA to select and conduct technically and scientifically sound restoration projects within and/or outside of AOCs.
- Manage funds, provide accountability, and implement restoration projects.
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 www.Grants.gov 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 www.Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 4, 2019.
- December 6, 2018: Federal Funding Opportunity Posted
- January 8, 2019: Webinar for potential applicants. (More info on how to register will be available soon.
- February 4, 2019: Applications due.
- February - March: Application review.
- April: Final funding recommendations made to Division Chief for review and approval.
- June: Selected applications submitted to NOAA’s Grants Management Division.
- July-September: Awards finalized by NOAA Grants Official and applicants officially notified.