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Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA)

Grants to Multiple USA States Agencies and Tribes to
Protect Wildlife Habitat in the Great Lakes Basin

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

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01/08/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin state agencies, tribal governments, and Native American treaty organizations to enhance, restore, and protect fish and wildlife habitat in the Great Lakes region. Applications are invited for proposals involving research, restoration, and region-wide projects.

Description of Funding Opportunity:

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 and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

All proposals should focus on the restoration of fish and/or wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin and should be consistent with the goals of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2016 and the recommendations of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s “Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes.” Proposals should also be consistent with one or more of the following:

a. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II;
b. The goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement;
c. The Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act as reauthorized by the National Invasive Species Act;
d. The recommendations from the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study of 1995;
e. The fish community objectives identified by the lake committees and the Council of Lake Committees;
f. The Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries;
g. The Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries;
h. The North American Waterfowl Management Plan;
i. Addresses research and/or monitoring priorities of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture 2007 Implementation Plan;
j. Applicable State Wildlife Action Plans; and
k. Additional step down plans that further specify the implementation of the goals and objectives of the above plans at the state, tribal, watershed or local level.

Department of Interior’s Secretarial Priorities:

The Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) developed a list of ten priorities to support both the public purpose and Service and DOI missions. Nine of the ten Secretarial priorities align with the six goals of the GLFWRA. During the development of your proposals, consider how the Service’s GLFWRA funding will be used to support the Secretarial priorities below:

1) Creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt
2) Utilizing our natural resources
3) Restoring trust with our local communities
4) Ensuring sovereignty means something
5) Generating additional revenues to support DOI’s and National interests
6) Protecting our people and the border
7) Striking a regulatory balance
8) Modernizing our infrastructure
10) Achieving our goals and leading our team forward

Selected restoration and research proposals, and Regional Projects will be awarded funding for the duration of the project via a grant or cooperative agreement between the recipient and the Service. Funding will be made available once the official award letter has been received and the performance period has started. Continuation of projects funded in previous fiscal years is eligible but will be considered and reviewed as a new project.

For cooperative agreements, the Service anticipates to be substantially involved by performing one or more of the following activities:
-Participating and working closely with the recipient in carrying out the scope of work, including training recipient personnel or detailing Federal personnel to work on the project effort.
-Reviewing and approving one stage of work before the next stage can begin.
-Prior to award, reviewing and approving proposed modifications or sub-awards.
-Helping select project staff or trainees.
-Directing or redirecting the work because of interrelationships with other projects.
-Reserving the right to immediately halt an activity if detailed performance specifications are not met.
-Limiting recipient discretion with respect to scope of work, organizational structure, staffing, mode of operations and other management processes, coupled with close monitoring or operational involvement during performance under the award.

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 8.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $124,975.

Term of Contract:

Typically project period is 1 to 4 years.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded 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
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

U.S. nonprofit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants must ensure that activities occurring outside the United States are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U.S. and foreign government authorities and that any necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking proposed activities. The Service does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the work is to be conducted.

Excluded Entities:

Applicant entities or their key project personnel identified in the Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program. The Service conducts a review of the Exclusions database for all applicant entities and their key project personnel prior to award.

Pre-Application Information:

Supported in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, we expect approximately $1.2 million to support projects this fiscal year. Up to 33 and one-third percent of the total Congressional appropriation to the GLFWRA is eligible to fund Regional Projects.

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 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.

Time Period for Providing Non-Federal Match: The non-federal share of the cost of implementing a proposal may be provided at any time during the 2 year period preceding January 1 of the year in which the Service receives the restoration and/or research pre- proposal or Regional Project proposal.

Applicants may attribute some or all of their allowable indirect costs as cost-share/match, however recipients may only charge to the Federal award the indirect costs calculated against the allowable direct costs charged to the Federal award. Recipients may not charge to the Federal award indirect costs calculated against: 1) any portion of the recipient’s direct costs; or 2) any portion of the direct costs charged to any other Federal or non-Federal partner.

Federal law mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

During the development of the pre-proposal make sure you discuss your project with the natural resource agency (e.g., local staff) in the Great Lakes Basin that has management authority (State and/or Tribal natural resource agencies) where your project will take place on the ground or will potentially benefit. This is the first step in obtaining sponsorship for your project. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage.

If you get invited to submit a full proposal, contact information for a PRC member will be provided to you, so you can discuss your project, and obtain required sponsorship to be eligible to receive funding.

The deadline for Regional Project proposals and pre-proposals submission is Monday, January 8, 2018 by 5:00 PM EST.

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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.

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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USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin