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GLRI Trash Free Waters FY2020 Request for Applications (RFA)

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Overview

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Trash Free Waters Fiscal Year 2020 RFA 

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) builds on the prior efforts of

  • federal, state and local agencies
  • Indian tribes
  • businesses
  • public interest groups
  • interested residents
  • and others

to restore and project the Great Lakes.

This RFA is expected to result in the award of grants and/or cooperative agreements to support the GLRI Action Plan III Focus Area 4 (habitats and species), Objective 4.1 (protect and restore communities of native aquatic and terrestrial species important to the Great Lakes) by reducing the impacts of human activities such as trash, litter, and debris in the Great Lakes.

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Funding Categories

Funding Opportunity Number appears in parentheses after each category. More details below this list.

Trash Removal in Great Lakes Communities (EPA-R5-GL2020-TFC)

EPA seeks trash removal projects at beaches and other recreation areas, shorelines, coastal wetlands, harbors, river mouths and riparian corridors immediately adjacent to the Great Lakes. 

  • Approximately $1,000,000 is available for approximately 10 projects. 
  • The maximum award is $300,000 and the minimum award is $50,000 for this funding category.
  • Projects may range in size from a small project that funds an individual community’s clean up to a larger project that supports and coordinates the funding of multiple communities through a single grant award.
  • Funding can support mobilization of cleanup volunteers and support staff, provide equipment for safe and efficient trash removal, and help offset the cost of recycling or disposing of the collected material. Projects may also include funding for the purchase and placement of appropriate waste receptacles to effectively contain trash in the future.
  • Any unproven and/or experimental trash removal devices are not eligible expenses under this funding opportunity.
  • Outreach and education about the funded cleanup activities are encouraged. However, projects must include trash removal. Projects that are solely focused on outreach and education activities are ineligible.
  • Coalitions are encouraged to apply for the “Trash Removal in Great Lakes Communities” funding to promote efficiency and enable funding in communities that would otherwise lack the resources and infrastructure to manage federal funding. 

Trash Removal from Great Lakes Rivermouths and Harbors (EPA-R5-GL2020-TFH)

EPA seeks trash removal projects which include the use of devices/machinery to remove trash from Great Lakes rivermouths and harbors. 

  • $1,000,000 available for approximately 3 projects.
  • The maximum award for this funding category is $500,000. The minimum award for this category is $250,000.
  • Funding will support the purchase and use of devices/machinery -- such as small vessels to skim or otherwise remove trash -- and can help offset the cost of recycling or disposing of the collected material. Projects may also include the purchase and placement of appropriate waste receptacles in the rivermouth and harbor areas to effectively contain trash in the future.
  • Any unproven and/or experimental trash removal devices/machinery are not eligible expenses. 
  • Outreach and education about the funded cleanup activities are encouraged. However, projects must include trash removal. Projects that are solely focused on outreach and education activities are ineligible.

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Eligible Applicants

Eligible Not Eligible
  • Non-federal government entities
    • State agencies
    • Agencies or instrumentalities of local governments
    • Interstate agencies
    • Federally-recognized tribes and tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Individuals
  • Foreign organizations and governments,
  • Nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying,
  • “For-profit” organizations

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Contact Information

Our responses to questions will be updated weekly in the GLRI 2020 TFW RFA Questions and Answers document.
Revised RFA posted Jan. 17, 2020 - see Documents section below
Update posted Dec. 27, 2019 - see Documents section below
If you have general and technical questions that have not yet been addressed, please contact the following staff at the EPA Great Lakes National Program Office:

  • General RFA Contact for administrative, eligibility, and other general RFA questions
    Victoria Raymond (glri-rfa@epa.gov) 312-886-7981
  • Technical Contact for questions about Trash Removal in Great Lakes Communities (EPA-R5-GL2020-TFC)
    Sara Westergaard (westergaard.sara@epa.gov) 312-353-9660
  • Technical Contact - for questions about Trash Removal from Great Lakes Rivermouths and Harbors (EPA-R5-GL2020-TFH)
    James Schardt (schardt.james@epa.gov) 312-353-5085

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Documents

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