Grant Opportunity: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Forest Restoration

Request for Applications

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore one of the largest systems of fresh surface water in the world—the Great Lakes. As one of 16 GLRI regional working group members, the U.S. Forest Service awards competitive grants to assist organizations and communities who are taking creative approaches to improve habitats and water quality.

Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Cycle Information

The U.S. Forest Service is anticipating more than 5 million in new funds to be available for reforestation, ecosystem restoration and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded based on applications received by the deadline October 27, 2023. All applications must be prepared and submitted through Please note the October 27th deadline is an extension from the previous October 23rd deadline.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across three Program Areas described below. The minimum and maximum Federal funding requests vary depending on Program Area, with an overall range of $50,000 to $300,000.

Award of grants is contingent on allocation of EPA funding.

Program Areas

  1. Mitigate Forest Insect and Disease Impacts–Implement targeted reforestation and forest protection actions to minimize invasive forest insect and disease impacts on watersheds.
  2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure – Capture or treat stormwater runoff by planting trees and other vegetation as an integral component of green infrastructure.
  3. Restore and Connect Coastal and Riparian Forest Habitats– Protect, restore, and enhance high-quality coastal zone and connecting riparian ecosystems where trees are an important component.

Who May Apply

State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments that work within the Great Lakes Basin of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Important Dates

  • Informational webinar to discuss the Request for Applications, purpose of the grant Program Areas, eligibility, and how to apply:
  • Applications due: Friday, October 27th, 2023-- Applications must be submitted through by 6:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Central.
    • Please note the October 27th deadline is an extension from the previous October 23rd deadline.
  • To add your organization to the GLRI mailing list for updates, please send a request to

Fiscal Year 2023 GLRI Forest Restoration Application Materials

Submit all applications for this funding opportunity through Search for Grant Opportunity USDA-FS-GLRI-FR23.

We encourage all prospective applications to locate the opportunity in early in the process to review all application forms, subscribe to receive updates, and obtain required registrations. has a full set of instructions on how organizations can apply for opportunities on its website. Note: all organizations must have an active SAM registration to apply for this opportunity. SAM registration can be obtained at no cost at and may take several weeks. 

Agency-specific instructions and forms (also available in the Related Documents tab on the opportunity page):

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Resources for Applicants