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FY 2018 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. Read the latest GLRI action plan.

Through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Forest Service anticipates that up to $3.7 million in new funds will be available for tree planting in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through the May 11, 2018, deadline at Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2018-GLRI.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across three specific program areas described below. The minimum Federal funding request is $50,000; the maximum Federal funding request varies depending on program area. A 20% non-Federal match of the total program cost is required.

Award of grants is contingent on allocation of EPA funding.

Program Areas

  1. Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts: Acres treated for tree canopy restoration with nonhost species in EAB quarantine areas to enhance and restore biodiversity and water quality.
  2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of storm water runoff avoided from degraded sites through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
  3. Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in planting native trees and vegetation to improve coastal wetland function.

In addition to the funding opportunity described above, the Forest Service anticipates distributing funding for land acquisition to permanently protect coastal wetlands through a call for proposals aligned with the Community Forest Program (CFP). Visit the U.S. Forest Service CFP page to learn more about program requirements, or contact Neal Bungard,, to be notified when this opportunity for land acquisition of coastal wetlands opens.

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.

How to Apply

See the FY 2018 GLRI RFA Instructions Document (8 pages) for complete instructions.

Submit all applications for this GLRI funding opportunity through Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2018-GLRI. has a full set of instructions. You must complete several registration steps before you can submit your application. Please review the requirements for submitting an application and take steps early to be ready to submit your application before the May 11 deadline.

Registrations must be current and in place at the time you submit your application, including:

  • System for Award Management (SAM) registration
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration
  • registration by an authorized official representative

Be sure to fill out the Project Narrative Supplement and all Federal forms. Other formats will not be accepted.

Applications no longer require the documented support of State Foresters. However, you are encouraged to work with your State forestry agency and research how your project fits into the goals and objectives of the State Forest Action Plan. View a list of State Foresters.

Complete application packages will include the following:

Required forms from

Required agency-specific forms to be submitted through the Attachments Form in

  • Project Narrative Supplement Form, including detailed budget supporting the SF-424A
  • FS-1500-35 for entities that do not lobby (only if applicable)
  • AD-1047 (Certification Regarding Debarment and Suspension)
  • AD-1049 (Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace for all non-State entities) OR AD-1052 (Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace for “State and State Agencies”)
  • Three-year maintenance plan for planted trees
  • Map showing target location(s) of work to be completed, including GPS coordinates
  • Statement of Key Personnel Qualifications for those who will be working on the project
  • Letters of support

Required forms available through application package only if applicable:
•   SF-LLL for entities that do lobby
•   AD-3030 (Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants) if applicable (recipient will determine if form applies to them)

Customer Support: provides customer support via toll-free number 800–518–4726 and email at For questions related to the specific grant opportunity, contact the number listed in the application package of the grant you are applying for.

Selection Process

All proposals will undergo a preliminary review to dismiss incomplete or ineligible applications. A proposal review team consisting of staff from the U.S. Forest Service and State forestry agencies will collaboratively review, evaluate, and prioritize project proposals. The review team will complete the review of proposals and develop a recommended ranking of projects. The recommended ranking will be submitted to the Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Director for approval. All applicants will be notified of the final selection or non-selection of their proposals.

Important Dates

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 – a webinar was held to discuss the Request for Applications, purpose of the grant program areas, eligibility, and how to apply. View the webinar recording
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 – Applications must be submitted through 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central).
  • August 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients. Project awards will be made after October 1, 2018, and are contingent on allocation of EPA funding.


Contact Us
Sheela Johnson, 224-999-1997, GLRI@FS.FED.US
If you have questions regarding the types of projects or components that can be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative:

New York
Constance Carpenter, Durham Field Office Rep. (603–868–7694,

Ohio and Pennsylvania
Robert Lueckel, Morgantown Field Office Rep. (304–285–1540,

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana
Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office Rep. (651–649–5276,

Additional Resources for Applicants

2018 GLRI Guidance for Matching Funds

Guidance for Landscape Tree Planting

Incorporating Climate Resiliency Criteria Into GLRI Proposals

List of 2017 Funded Projects

List of 2016 Funded Projects

Forest Service GLRI Funded Grants Mapper

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