Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, $8 million will be available to support projects this fiscal year
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting all interested and eligible entities to submit proposals, including those for basin-wide or large-scale regional projects, for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, to be funded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA). Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of $8 million will be available to support projects this fiscal year. This represents the largest amount appropriated for this effort since the grants program began in 1998.
“The GLFWRA is the only federal statute dedicated solely for the restoration of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “The Service is excited to provide enhanced restoration funding in 2010, made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative recently passed by Congress.”
The Service will accept proposals through Jan. 22, 2010, for funding consideration under the GLFWRA. States, federally recognized tribal governments, Native American treaty organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and conservation organizations within the Great Lakes basin are eligible to apply. Successful applicants are required to provide 25% in matching funding.