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Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations (EHSFP): Habitat Protection and Restoration

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Preserve Fish Habitats

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Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT)

Deadline Date:

02/21/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for the protection and preservation of fish habitats. Funding is intended for projects that will improve habitat conditions in order to naturally increase important fish populations and to help endangered fish species.

This grant program emphasizes on-the-ground, tangible projects to protect or restore habitat, and associated efforts that will support these activities. Please note and carefully attend to the following as you develop your proposal:

  1. The GLFT prefers to support projects that offer an increase in long-term, sustainable, natural reproduction for species now supported by hatchery production. Project benefits should be targeted toward salmonids and nonsalmonid predator game species.
  2. Projects that offer secondary benefits—for example, improved sea lamprey management or protection of state-listed threatened or endangered species—may be supported at a greater funding level.
  3. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework (GLAHF), the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Barrier Removal Collaboration Suite, Fishwerks, existing field inventories, or similar tools to identify appropriate projects or as part of their proposed scopes of work.

Supported efforts may include:

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GrantWatch ID#: 187615

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that are eligible to apply for GLFT grants include nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS (or nongovernmental organizations that hold charitable status in their country), as well as educational and governmental (including tribal) organizations.

Due to limited funding, the GLFT will only consider project sites located:
(a) Within the Lake Michigan basin
(b) In the state of Michigan within other Great Lakes basins (e.g., the Michigan shore of Lakes Erie, Huron, and Superior)
Priority will be given to projects focusing on Lake Michigan. Projects located within the Lake Michigan basin but outside of the state of Michigan (e.g., Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin) must be regionally significant for funding consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact GLFT staff prior to submission of a grant proposal to discuss project goals and alignment with GLFT priorities. Staff are also available to assist applicants navigate the online grant proposal submission process. Please contact Jonathon Beard to discuss a proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to log in to the site and review the application well in advance of the submission deadline.

Applications are due by Friday, February 21, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST.

Funding decisions will be made by the GLFT’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Tuesday, May 31, 2020.

Projects with financial support from other sources are encouraged. On-the-ground restoration projects funded through this grant announcement will generally not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost for projects sponsored by tribal, state, or local governments or by a nonprofit organization. Although matching funds are not required, proposals that include local funding and promote community participation in the use of fishery resources will be favored.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Jonathon Beard, Grant Manager

Great Lakes Fishery Trust
230 N. Washington Square, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48933

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