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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Proposals

Announcement Number: EPA-R5-GL2010-1

Multiple agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website(May 28, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Great Lakes National Program Office today invited 270 finalists to submit applications for a total of $161.450,000 in competitive grant funding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

In response to its November 2009 request for grant proposals (RFP), EPA received more than 1,000 proposed projects from state, tribal, and municipal agencies, non-governmental organizations and other eligible entities aimed at restoring and protecting this national treasure.

GLRI grants will fund projects that address the most important Great Lakes priorities, including reducing toxic contaminants, restoring the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, protecting beaches and beachgoers, keeping out invasive species and reducing polluted land-based runoff.

Finalists may submit final applications immediately so that grants may be issued and work can begin this summer. Successful projects will focus on achieving results in the five priority areas identified by a federal interagency task force as vital for restoring the Great Lakes. Each preliminary proposal was subjected to a rigorous review and ranking by multiple reviewers from EPA or other federal agencies.

President Obama has made restoring the Great Lakes a national priority. In February 2009, he proposed $475 million for the GLRI, an unprecedented investment in the nation’s largest fresh surface water ecosystem. Congress appropriated full funding in October. Grants, expected to be awarded later this summer, will advance the goals of the GLRI Action Plan released by partner agencies in February.

Proposals Received February 12, 2010

Additional requests for proposals will be offered in 2010. Read the Interagency Funding Guide.  Please follow our GreatLakesNews mail list and follow glrestore on twitter

This Request For Proposals (RFP) [PDF 583Kb, 79 pages] solicits proposals from eligible entities for grants and cooperative agreements to be awarded pursuant to a portion of the $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative included in Public Law 111-88, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 which is in furtherance of President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (the “Initiative”) announced in February 2009. 

The President and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with 15 other federal agencies, have made restoring the Great Lakes a national priority. The Initiative builds on the prior efforts of agency, business, public interest, and other leaders which resulted in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan now being developed.  This RFP represents EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Initiative and is one of several funding opportunities described in the Initiative’s Interagency Funding Guide.  A portion of the funding will be through the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service. This RFP, in conjunction with other funding opportunities under the Initiative, will be used to competitively provide funding to address the most significant Great Lakes ecosystem problems and efforts in five major focus areas:

Due Date for Submissions:  Proposals must be received by EPA by noon Central standard time on January 29, 2010.  /Submission period is now Closed/
Submission Information: Applicants should submit proposals online.Exit disclaimer
We encourage applicants to register with us < http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/maillist/index.html > to keep informed about our funding process. Public webinars provided clarifying information.

Download the Request For Proposals (RFP) [PDF 344 Kb, 79 pages, rev. 1-13-2010]

Posted Date: November 23, 2009.  Revised January 13, 2010


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