Great Lakes Tree Planting Grant, Deadline June 21

The Forest Service announces that $3.7 million in new funds are available for tree planting in the Great Lakes basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through the June 21st deadline at grants.gov.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

As one of the initiative’s 16 task force members, the Forest Service uses GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerate progress toward long-term restoration goals for this important ecosystem.

On September 24, 2014, the EPA released GLRI Action Plan II, a new action plan that guides Federal agencies in the protection of watershed resources through FY2019. Planned actions build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan with a major focus on these goals:

• Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
• Preventing and controlling invasive species
• Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
• Restoring habitat to protect native species

Program Areas

1) Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts: Restore tree canopy lost to infestation by emerald ash borer. Replace ash trees with non-host species in urban EAB quarantine areas to protect and restore biodiversity and water quality in targeted subwatersheds, and to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff (esp. phosphorus).
2) Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Protect and restore watersheds through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff on degraded sites on non-Federal lands.
3) Enhance Wetland Filtration: Plant native trees and diverse vegetation to restore the structure and function of coastal wetlands and lake-affected riparian areas.

Who May Apply

State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, academic partners, and municipalities

Contact us for more information. Learn more about GFA at our website: http://gfa.tc.

Great Lakes Tree Planting Grant, Deadline June 21

MDEQ Non-Point Source Water Quality Grants, Deadline Aug. 12

The DEQ is making available about $4.2 million of state and federal funding for water quality projects that restore and protect Michigan’s lakes, streams and wetlands by controlling polluted runoff. State and local governments, nonprofits, and colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

The funding opportunities include:

• Clean Michigan Initiative – Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants: About $2 million is available to fund the installation of best management practices in critical areas identified in watershed management plans approved by the DEQ. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.

• Federal Clean Water Act, Section 319: About $2.2 million is available to implement priority recommendations of DEQ-approved watershed management plans. Proposals must include a minimum of 25 percent local match.

Notices of Intent are due Aug. 12, and full applications from invited entities are due Oct. 9. Contact us for more information.

MDEQ Non-Point Source Water Quality Grants, Deadline Aug. 12