FY 2020 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Combined Request for Applications
The interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) targets improvements to address the most significant environmental problems within the Great Lakes Basin. As one of 16 GLRI regional working group members, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service awards competitive grants to assist organizations and communities who are taking creative approaches to improve habitats and water quality. Learn more about projects funded through Forest Service GLRI grants in this Story Map.
Through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Forest Service anticipates up to $4.2 million in new funds will be available for tree planting and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received by the June 26, 2020, deadline. All applications must be prepared and submitted through GRANTS.gov; search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2020-GLRI.
Anticipated funds will be distributed across four 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. A 20% non-Federal cost share of the total program cost is required.
Award of grants is contingent on allocation of EPA funding.
- Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation – mitigate or control invasive forest insect and disease impacts on biodiversity or water quality.
- Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure – reduce stormwater runoff by planting trees and other vegetation as integral components of green infrastructure.
- Protect and Restore Coastal Wetlands through Healthy Tree Cover – restore habitats by increasing tree and other native plant cover to improve diversity, habitat function, water quality, and connectivity of coastal wetland systems.
- Restore Resilient Riparian and Shoreline Forests – treat forested riparian and shoreline habitat to improve habitat quality, resiliency to stressors, and water quality.
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.
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Webinar to discuss the Request for Applications purpose, program areas, eligibility, and how to apply. View webinar recording (link is external).
- Friday, June 26, 2020 - Applications must be submitted through GRANTS.gov 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central).
- September 2020 (tentative) – The Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients.
- October 1, 2020 – Project awards will be made after this date contingent on allocation of EPA funding.
FY 2020 GLRI Request for Applications Materials
We encourage all prospective applicants to locate the opportunity on GRANTS.gov (search USDA-FS-2020-GLRI) early in the process to review all application forms and subscribe to receive updates.
Agency-specific instructions and forms (required in addition to forms accessed and completed through the Grants.gov opportunity):
- FY 2020 GLRI Request for Applications Instructions
- FY 2020 GLRI Project Narrative Form (required for all applications)
- FY 2020 GLRI Tree Planting and Maintenance Plan Template, required for applications that include tree planting
- Forest Pest Treatment Form, required for applications including forest pest treatment
- FS-1500-35, Certification Regarding Lobbying, required for those who do not lobby
Past Forest Service GLRI Reference Information
- List of 2019 Funded Projects
- List of 2018 Funded Projects
- List of 2017 Funded Projects
- List of 2016 Funded Projects
Resources for Proposal Development
- FS GLRI Guidance for Matching Funds
- Guidance for Landscape Tree Planting
- Incorporating Climate Resiliency Criteria into GLRI Applications
- Forest Service GLRI Interactive Project Mapper
- Forest Service GLRI Grants Story Map
- State Forest Action Plans
- Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 as amended by the Farm Bill
- Grant Regulation provisions regarding eligible match sources and allowable costs (See Federal Regulations Title 2 Part 200.306 and Subpart E for Cost Principles)
If you have basic questions about the program, please contact Sheela Johnson, 224-999-1997, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding the types of projects or components that will be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative:
- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana:
Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office Rep., 651-649-5276, email@example.com
- New York:
Michael Bohne, Acting Durham Field Office Rep., 603-868-7708, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ohio and Pennsylvania:
Joe Koloski, Morgantown Field Office Rep., 304-285-1540, email@example.com