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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Forest Restoration

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs in
Eligible Locations for Projects to Protect Natural Resources

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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07/08/21 6:00 PM Eastern (5:00 PM Central) Receipt


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Grants to USA government agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and educational institutions in eligible locations for environmental projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support forest restoration activities that protect and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. Funded projects must be located within the Great Lakes watershed of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) targets improvements to address the most significant environmental problems within the Great Lakes Basin. Funds will support projects that implement strategic, priority actions within Forest Service authorities to restore, protect, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. Successful projects will implement reforestation and other forest restoration activities to address invasive species, nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health, and habitat restoration in coastal and riparian areas. All proposed projects must lie entirely within the Great Lakes watershed of the United States.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across three specific Program Areas described below. Projects must address the purpose of one of the three Program Areas, and may apply for consideration under only one of those Program Areas: 

  1. Mitigate Forest Insect and Disease Impacts: Implement targeted reforestation and forest protection actions to minimize invasive forest insect and disease impacts on watersheds.
  2. Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Capture or treat stormwater runoff by planting trees and other vegetation as an integral component of green infrastructure.
  3. Restore and Connect Coastal and Riparian Forest Habitats: Protect, restore, and enhance high-quality coastal zone and connecting riparian ecosystems where trees are an important component.

For further details and funding priorities for each of these Program Areas, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 185849

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum and maximum Federal funding requests vary depending on program area, as follows:

1. Insect and Disease Mitigation: Minimum Federal Request $50,000 / Maximum Federal Request $200,000
2. Reduce Runoff: Minimum Federal Request $100,000 / Maximum Federal Request $300,000
3. Coastal and Riparian Habitats: Minimum Federal Request $50,000 / Maximum Federal Request $200,000

Term of Contract:

The expected award date is between October 2021 and February 2022. Projects should be completed within a 2-year project period after the award date.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments are eligible. Projects must be located within the Great Lakes Basin of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

The Great Lakes watershed is defined as those areas within the United States that currently or historically drain into Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, or Lake Ontario, or drain into the St. Lawrence River west of where the International Boundary line leaves the river. For a map of the Watershed, and a list of eligible counties, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

Only non-Federal applicants may apply under this opportunity. Projects must take place on non-Federal lands, except as allowed in Program Area 1, Insect and Disease.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar is scheduled for May 25, 2021, 1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Webinar will discuss the Request for Applications purpose of program areas, eligibility, and how to apply.

View webinar connection information and recording on the GLRI Forest Restoration website.
For Webinar Connection Information:
- Sign in to Adobe Connect: Keep “Enter as a Guest” selected, type your name in the “name” box, and click “Enter Room.”
- Phone: Mute your computer speakers and call 888-844-9904 (access code 8991475) OR
- Audio through the computer: Make sure your computer speakers are on and listen with speakers or headphones

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by 6:00 pm Eastern time on the due date.

Important Dates:
- May 25, 2021 2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central (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.View webinar connection information and recording on the GLRI Forest Restoration website.
- Thursday, July 8, 2021 – Applications must be submitted through by 6:00 p.m.Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central).
- September 2021 – The Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients.

The expected award date is between October 2021 and February 2022. Projects should be completed within a 2-year project period after the award date.

All applications must be submitted through If you have not applied for a grant through before, you must complete several registration steps before you can submit your application. Registrations must be current and in place at the time you submit your application, including these:
- Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration
- System for Award Management (SAM) registration
- registration by an authorized organization representative (AOR)

Note that DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks, after which a organization account can be obtained within a few days.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to consult with their appropriate State Forester, Tribal administrator (for federally recognized Tribes), or Forest Supervisor (for work near National Forests) to develop and submit applications.

Projects involving insect and disease prevention, detection surveys, eradication, or suppression of insect and disease outbreaks must attach a Forest Pest Treatment Form.

A minimum 20 percent cost-share of the total project cost (Federal request plus match) is required. The matching share can be calculated as 25 percent of the Federal request.

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

For general questions, contact:
Sheela Johnson
Natural Resource Specialist

For questions regarding the types of projects or components that will be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative:
- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana:
Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office Rep., 651-649-5276,
- Ohio and Pennsylvania:
Joe Koloski, Morgantown Field Office Rep., 304-285-1540,
- New York:
Constance Carpenter, Durham Field Office Rep., 603-868-7694,

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Grant Coverage Areas:

For a Great Lakes Watershed Map, see Appendix A on p. 10 of

For a list of Eligible Counties Wholly or Partially in the Great Lakes Watershed, see Appendix B on p. 11 of

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