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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

FY 2019 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. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service anticipates that up to $4.1 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 through the June 28, 2019, deadline at Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2019-GLRI.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across three specific program areas described below. The minimum and maximum Federal funding requests vary depending on program area, with an overall range of $50,000 to $350,000. 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. Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation – Acres treated for mitigation of impacts or control of invasive forest insects and diseases, to enhance biodiversity and water quality.
  2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of stormwater runoff avoided through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
  3. Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in enhancing native tree and vegetation cover to improve coastal wetland function.

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

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019, @ 10:00 a.m. Eastern/9:00 Central (date and time tentative) – Webinar to discuss the Request for Applications, purpose of the grant Program Areas, eligibility, and how to apply. Webinar will be recorded for future viewing.

Webinar connection information:

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Phone: Mute your computer speakers and call 888-844-9904 (access code 8991475) OR

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  • Friday, June 28, 2019 – Applications must be submitted through 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central).
  • September 2019 (tentative) – The Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients. Project awards will be made after October 1, 2019, and are contingent on allocation of EPA funding.

How to Apply

See the FY2019 GLRI RFA Instructions Document (12 pages) for complete instructions.

Submit all applications for this GLRI funding opportunity through Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2019-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 June 28 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 organization representative (AOR)

Be sure to fill out the Project Narrative Supplement and all applicable forms listed below. 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 available through the application package:

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
  • SF-424A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs
  • AD-1047 Certification Regarding Debarment and Suspension
  • Attachments Form (must be included in the application package in order to attach additional required and optional forms below)

Forms available through application package, required only if applicable as determined by the applicant:

  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, for entities that lobby
  • USDA AD-3030 Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants, if applicable
  • 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”

Items to complete and attach to your application using the “Attachments” form

(download forms below or through Related Documents tab in and attach in this order):

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.

Contact Us

General Questions

Sheela Johnson, 224–999–1997,

If you have questions regarding the types of projects or components that can be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative:

  • Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana:

Jim Gries, Acting St. Paul Field Office Rep., 651–649–5020,

  • New York:

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

  • Ohio and Pennsylvania:

Joe Koloski, Morgantown Field Office Rep., 304–285–1540,

Review Process

All applications will undergo a preliminary review to dismiss incomplete or ineligible applications. An application review team consisting of staff from the Forest Service and State Forestry agencies will collaboratively review, evaluate, and prioritize project applications. The review team will complete the review of applications and develop a recommended ranking of projects. The recommended ranking will be submitted to the Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Eastern Region for approval. All applicants will be notified of the final selection or non-selection of their applications. Full text of Project Narrative Forms and reviewer comments may be posted on our website after selections have been made.

Additional Resources for Applicants

2019 GLRI Guidance for Matching Funds

Guidance for Landscape Tree Planting

Incorporating Climate Resiliency Criteria into GLRI Applications

List of 2017 Funded Projects

List of 2016 Funded Projects

Forest Service GLRI Funded Grants Mapper

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