Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2015 Request for Applications

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EPA is soliciting applications for grants and/or cooperative agreements to be awarded as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

EPA will award approximately $13.9 million under a Request for Applications for up to about 40 projects, contingent upon funding availability, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations.

This RFA is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2015. It is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under the GLRI.

Categories (Funding Opportunity Number)

  1. Invasive Species Prevention (EPA-R5-GL2015-ISP)
  2. Invasive Species Control (EPA-R5-GL2015-ISC)
  3. Urban Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2015-UWM)
  4. Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2015-AWM)
  5. Maumee River Watershed Nutrient Prevention Pilot Project (EPA-R5-GL2015-MNP)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2015 RFA modified Sept. 17, 2015

Who may apply for funding under this RFA

  • Nonfederal governmental entities, including:
    • state agencies,
    • interstate agencies,
    • federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations,
    • local governments,
    • institutions of higher learning (i.e., colleges and universities), and
    • non-profit organizations as defined in 2 C.F.R. § 200
  • The following are not eligible:
    • Individuals,
    • foreign organizations and governments,
    • nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying, and
    • “for-profit” organizations

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through grants.gov. Registrations must be current and in place at the time of your submission, including:

  • System for Award Management (SAM) registration
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration
  • Grants.gov registration by an authorized official representative

For more information, go to the grants.gov Organization Registration page. The process of obtaining all registrations can take a month or more, so don’t leave it till the last minute.

Important Dates

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 – Webinar to discuss the RFA. See Section IV of the RFA for further information.
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 - Applications must be submitted to EPA through grants.gov by 10:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time / 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. See Section IV of the RFA for further information. 
  • January 2016 – EPA expects to notify all applicants regarding whether they have been selected as finalists

Questions and Answers

GLRI 2015 RFA Questions and Answers (xlsx)(1 pg, 40 K, Sept. 17, 2015)

Applications Received

GLRI 2015 RFA List of Applications Received (xlsx)(2 pp, 21 K, Oct. 19, 2015)

  • Number of Applications (by state)
    State Applications Submitted $ Amount Requested
    Applications submitted by state - GLRI 2015 RFA
    Illinois 9 $4,097,669
    Indiana 4 $1,455,937
    Michigan 27 $11,158,502
    Minnesota 2 $1,149,270
    New York 10 $4,502,434
    Ohio 15 $7,144,193
    Wisconsin 16 $7,415,552
    non Great Lakes states 4 $1,941,899
    Total 87 $38,865,455
  • Number of Applications (by category)
    Category Number of Applications
    Applications submitted by category - GLRI 2015 RFA
    Invasive Species Prevention 12
    Invasive Species Control 30
    Urban Watershed Management Implementation 25
    Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation 20
    Total 87

Grants Awarded