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Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes in
Multiple Sates to Protect Wildlife Habitat in Eligible Regions

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

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04/20/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin nonprofits, state agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in eligible regions. Certain applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. The proposal activities (e.g., habitat restoration and barrier removal) must be within the Great Lakes Basin or impact a fish or wildlife species (e.g., research) present in the Great Lakes Basin to be eligible for funding.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requests interested entities to submit research, restoration, and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of the Great Lakes Basin fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration, research, and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The six goals of the Act are:

  1. Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
  2. Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
  3. Protecting, maintaining and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
  4. Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
  5. Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
  6. Protecting, managing and conserving migratory birds.

Four of the ten Secretarial Priorities are addressed by the GLFWRA goals:

  • Creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt
  • Restoring trust with local communities
  • Striking a regulatory balance
  • Modernizing our infrastructure

For additional funding guidelines, see Page 4-7 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163630

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Number of grants awarded this fiscal year is expected to range between 5 and 9.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Expected award funding for Regional Projects is between $180,000 to $565,000. Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $130,201. Expected award funding for restoration and research projects is between $20,000 and $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Project start dates are flexible, with suggested start dates occurring between October 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022. The length of project period typically ranges from 1 to 4 years. The expected award date is between mid to late August and mid-September 2021.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Foreign Entities or Projects:
This program may provide funding to foreign entities or for projects conducted outside the United States.

Eligible Applicants: States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above.

Regional Projects: Regional Project proposals must be submitted by a State Director and/or Tribal Chair (or a joint submission from the supervisors of the agency’s fish and wildlife programs on behalf of the Director or Tribal Chair). Regional Project proposals should impact multiple States and/or Tribes and consequently must include the signature or other written documentation of all State Directors and Tribal Chairs who support the project (or joint signatures or letter of support from the supervisors of the agency’s fish and wildlife programs on behalf of the State Director or Tribal Chair).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date Explanation: Restoration and research pre-proposals and Regional Project full proposals in Word or pdf format must be submitted in GrantSolutions ( by Tuesday, February 16, 2021 before 5:00 PM EST. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

If your restoration and research pre-proposal is selected for full proposal submission, your full proposal must be submitted in GrantSolutions by Friday April 30th, 2021 before 5:00 PM EST.

Depending on approval by the Regional Director Great Lakes Region and available funding, successful restoration and research full proposal, and Regional Project full proposal applicants can anticipate receiving an official grant or cooperative agreement by mid to late August or mid September 2021.

Restoration and Research Proposals: All proposals require a 25% non-federal match. Not less than 25% of the total cost of implementing a proposal shall be paid in cash or in-kind contributions by non-Federal sources.

Regional Projects: Regional Project proposals selected for funding shall be exempt from cost sharing or partner match, if the Service’s Midwest Region Director determines that the authorization for the project does not require a non-federal cost-share.

Identifier and System for Award Management ( Registration: This requirement does not apply to individuals applying for funds as individual (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization you may own or operate) or any entity with an exception approved by the funding bureau or office in accordance with bureau or office policy. All other applicants are required to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet and then register in prior to submitting a Federal award application. Federal award recipients must continue to maintain an active registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s).

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit pre-proposals and full proposals online:

Mr. Rick Westerhof
P: 231-584-3553
F: 231-584-2462

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Midwest Region Office
6644 Turner Road
Elmira, Michigan 49730

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The Great Lakes Basin

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