Updated deadline: To accommodate for technical difficulties with Grants.gov in early January, we have extended the deadline for proposals to January 19, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.
Up to $10 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available in FY2022 for new NOAA Great Lakes Fish Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA aims to support habitat restoration projects that will lead to significant and sustainable benefits for Great Lakes native fish species.
As the largest freshwater system on earth, the Great Lakes are an important ecological and economic resource. The Great Lakes face many threats, however, including habitat degradation, oil spills and other pollution, overfishing, and the spread of invasive species. The quality and quantity of fish habitat in the Great Lakes has declined for decades and continues to be a concern. Without the right habitat, fish cannot build their populations, and that means fewer—and less healthy—fish.
Projects selected through this funding opportunity will help sustain the multiple benefits the Great Lakes by:
- Supporting valuable fisheries and coastal resources
- Improving the quality of our water by restoring coastal wetlands
- Providing recreational opportunities for the public’s use and enjoyment
- Increasing the resilience of Great Lakes communities
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local and Native American tribal governments.
Applications from individuals, federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Individuals and federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply.
Eligible applicants may be located anywhere but must propose work within the Great Lakes basin and within one of the eight U.S. Great Lakes states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota).
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 the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement posted to www.Grants.gov. Each application must include the application forms from the SF-424 form family.
- November 5, 2021: Publication of funding opportunity.
- November 17, 2021: Public webinar for potential applicants.
- January 19, 2022: Updated deadline for proposal submissions.
- January–March 2022: Application review period.
- June 30, 2022: Recommended applications submitted to NOAA’s Grants Management Division.
- July 2022: Public announcement of recommended applications. Notifications made to unsuccessful applicants.
- July–September 2022: Awards finalized by NOAA Grants Official and award recipients formally notified.