Monday, April 9, 2012

FY 2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

Apr 6: In a preliminary announcement U.S. EPA indicated that in April, it expects to announce its Request For Applications (RFA) seeking the submission of competitive assistance applications for FY 2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. EPA expects to award approximately $20 million of GLRI funding through this competitive RFA process. Complete applications will be due approximately 35 days after release of the announcement.  

    The implementation of projects submitted and selected pursuant to the RFA process is expected to provide numerous benefits, including:
  • -An increase in on-the-ground/in-the-water restoration or protection actions;
  • -A reduction in phosphorus loading from agricultural and urban lands that contributes to harmful algal blooms and water quality impairments;
  • -A reduction in the amount of toxic substances entering the Great Lakes;
    -Safer Great Lakes beaches; and
  • -Additional invasive species control

    Funding under the RFA will support work under four of the five Focus Areas of the GLRI Action Plan. GLRI projects principally pertaining to Area of Concern restoration, Asian carp, or habitat and wildlife protection and restoration will not be covered under the RFA, as those areas are being addressed through other GLRI funding mechanisms. EPA notes that, "If your organization anticipates submitting an application pursuant to the RFA, but you do not currently have an authorized official representative (AOR) registered with, we encourage you to register now. The RFA application process requires that AORs be registered." EPA indicates that registration can take from three business days to as long as four weeks.

    Access more information on the 2012 RFA (click here). Access more information on getting registered at (click here, click on "Get Registered"). Access the EPA Great Lakes mailing list registration to receive further information as it becomes available (click here).

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RFP For GLC Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Grants

Apr 9: The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced the 2012 Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control grant programs. This year under the watershed grant program GLC offers two grant options -- a small scale grant project; and a larger watershed scale grant project. The due date for grant applications under either option is June 1, 2012. GLC notes that Congress has not authorized funding for either of these programs and the number and amount of the grants will be made based on the level of funding received by the Commission.

    Access the GLC Basins website for background information on the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (click here). Access the 2012 RFP (click here).

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