Great Lakes Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction
Appendix C -- Funding Guidance and Grant Process
THE GREAT LAKES NATIONAL PROGRAM OFFICE'S FUNDING GUIDANCE AND GRANT PROCESS
Each Fall, the Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) issues its Great Lakes Funding Guidance which asks interested Applicants to submit short Preproposals for Great Lakes projects. Following internal screening, reviewers internal and external to U.S. EPA evaluate the remaining Preproposals based on criteria in the Great Lakes Funding Guidance. Evaluations are based on the Funding Guidance criteria and take into account recommendations on specific needs and priorities of geographic areas within the Great Lakes, particularly those of Lakewide Management Plans and their included geographic initiatives (such as the Remedial Action Plans for Areas of Concern). Each preproposal is generally evaluated by at least 3 GLNPO staff in addition to the external reviewers. GLNPO uses these evaluations to determine the projects for which full proposals will be requested. Applicants are then requested to submit full proposals. Following negotiations, full proposals are submitted, final decisions are made, and awards are tendered. Awards can be issued as early as April; however, most are issued in August and September.