Great Lakes Restoration
To provide technical and financial assistance to implement the highest priority actions in order to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Priority actions are to: identify, protect, conserve, manage, enhance or restore habitat or species on both public and private lands within the Great Lakes Basin.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Fiscal Year 2014: More than 65 competitive grants and cooperative agreements awarded to non-federal partners under various sub programs. Fiscal Year 2015: Projects not yet selected for funding. Programs anticipate continuing to fund projects to address aquatic invasive species, environmental contaminants, and protection and restoration of fish and wildlife and habitats in the Great Lakes. Fiscal Year 2016: No data available.
Anadromous Fish Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 757a); Bald Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668); Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 3951); Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1254(b)(3)); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 103); Emergency Wetlands Resources Act (16 U.S.C. 3901); Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1561); Fish and Wildlife Act (16 U.S.C. 742a); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 2901); Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661) Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Public Law 109-326); Great Lakes Fishery Act (16 U.S.C. 931) ; Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371-3378); Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703); Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (16 U.S.C. 4701); North American Wetlands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4401); Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act (16 U.S.C. 3771).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
43 CFR Part 12 establishes administrative and audit requirements for assistance awarded by bureaus of the U.S. Department of Interior. 43 CFR 2 also applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is program-specific. Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections.
Some programs may require an environmental impact statement. Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections.
Some programs may require an environmental impact statement. Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application procedures are specified on www.grants.gov. At minimum, the applicant must submit a project proposal along with the completed SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance.
An applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction).
Program requirements are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs. More information on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative programs is available at http://www.fws.gov/glri/.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Program criteria are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs.
How may assistance be used?
This funding, in conjunction with other Great Lakes federal agency funding opportunities under the Great Lakes Restoration Program, will be used to address the most significant Great Lakes Basin ecosystem problems. Efforts will be made in five major focus areas:
• Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern, including pollution prevention and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes.
• Invasive Species, including efforts to institute a “zero tolerance policy” toward new invasions.
• Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution, including a targeted geographic focus on high priority watersheds and reducing polluted runoff from urban, suburban and agricultural sources.
• Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration, including comprehensive assessment of Great Lakes coastal wetlands for the purpose of strategically targeting restoration and protection efforts in a science-based manner.
• Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships, including the implementation of goal- and results-based accountability measures, learning initiatives, outreach and strategic partnerships. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Projects funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will have performance and financial reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions and announcement packages available on www.grants.gov and www.greatlakesrestoration.us. At a minimum, the recipient is required to submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance. Projects funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will have additional performance reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions; and announcement packages available on www.grants.gov and www.greatlakesrestoration.us.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Cost records must be maintained separately for each awarded cooperative agreement. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of final financial and performance reports. If questions, such as those raised as the results of audits, remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until all matters are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Program requirements are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs. More information on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative programs is available at http://www.fws.gov/glri.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative places restrictions on the time permitted to spend the funds awarded. The Regional Office Contact Person can further explain the restrictions placed on the time period in which to fully expend the funds awarded under the project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/glri for appropriate Regional Office Great Lakes program contacts, or visit www.fws.gov/midwest.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: 202-208-6394 Fax: 202-208-4674
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $49,000,000; FY 15 est $32,000,000; and FY 16 est $32,000,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $49,000,000; FY15 $32,000,000; est FY16 $32,000,000
FY16 figure based on prior year funding level.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Projects may range from $1,000 to $1,000,000, or greater.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: FY14: Restoration, protection and enhancement of coastal and wetland habitat for migratory birds and nearshore aquatic species; Restoration of reverine habitats to improve aquatic habitat connectivity for fish and other aquatic organisms; Prevention, early detection and control of invasive species such as Asian carp; Restoration of native aquatic species, such as Lake Trout, to self-sustaining levels.
FY15:. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected project for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that contribute to the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and species in the Great Lakes basin. Funded activities will directly address the goals and objectives identified in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II, ww.glri.us.
FY16: see FY15. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available