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 Grants.gov, 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 Grant.gov (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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