Funding and Grants

1) Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act - closes December 12, 2016

We are accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act for 2017. As with past years, we are welcoming project proposals for restoration and research across the Great Lakes that will enhance fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Act (16 USC 941c).

The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to states, tribes and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 12, 2016 by 6:00 p.m. EST.

Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $1.56 million is projected to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for fiscal year 2017. Project funding is available to support Great Lakes Basin restoration, research and regional projects. We encourage local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations to apply.

All project proposals will be compiled, reviewed and ranked by the proposal review committee, and we will make final funding decisions in early to late summer of 2017.

The announcement and application guidelines can be found at:

Learn more about Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects:

2) Improving the Science Foundation for Bird Conservation in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture - closes January 29, 2017

Similar to past years, funding has been made available to fill information gaps and test assumptions used in JV plan development. Proposals for monitoring and applied research that improve JV conservation decision tools at larger scales (e.g., Bird Conservation Region) will be given higher grant priority. In addition, projects to address conservation priorities in State Wildlife Action Plans (, and for JV focal species, should be highlighted. Proposals related to coordination, outreach, planning, and bird habitat restoration / enhancement contributing toward goals identified in the JV plans will also be considered, if adequate funds are available. All submissions should explain how the outcome of proposed projects is regional in scope.

Following are themes prominent in the UMRGLJV Implementation Plan and a potential focus for evaluation: 1) Test model assumptions and build / refine models predicting how populations of priority breeding species (JV focal species) respond to habitat change; 2) Improve understanding of migration and wintering habitat selection, survival, migration chronology, and human influences on migrating and wintering bird populations to better predict habitat needs and target conservation areas; 3) Assess bird densities and vital rates relative to estimates used in JV models predicting carrying capacity for breeding birds in quality habitats; and 4) evaluate habitat carrying capacity for priority migrating and wintering bird populations (JV focal species and guilds).

The deadline for grant application submission is 29 January 2017.  For more information, download this file: NOFO_Grants.gov_FY17.pdf

Contact: Greg Soulliere

Phone: 517-351-4214


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