Funding Opportunities

NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Grants

Open Date
Closing Date
Grant Type
Award Period
Three years
$1,000,000 - $15,000,000
Funding Opportunity Number


The NOAA Restoration Center provides federal financial and technical assistance to habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes. These projects support NOAA's mission to help create productive and sustainable fisheries, improve the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and promote healthy ecosystems and resilient communities. NOAA seeks to support a wide range of habitat restoration efforts in the Great Lakes, including projects located in Areas of Concern. These projects improve fish passage, clean up debris, restore coastal wetlands and shorelines—with funds provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

NOAA recognizes that habitat restoration is a multi-faceted effort involving feasibility studies, project design, engineering services, permitting, construction, monitoring, and education and outreach and provides support for all these 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 January 28, 2015.




December 4, 2015: FFO Posted

January 28, 2016: Applications due

February-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. Un-selected applicants will be notified via email that they were not selected

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

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