Great Lakes Stewardship Grant

Great Lakes Fisheries Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 4, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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The goal of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust’s Great Lakes Stewardship grant category is to increase awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Great Lakes so that Michigan’s residents become

  • active and effective stewards of the Great Lakes and
  •  advocates for strategies that support the long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries.

The GLFT will consider projects for the following activities:

  • Increase people’s understanding of the following issues at the ecosystem or watershed level, and promote taking action based on such understanding:
    • Protecting biological diversity
    • Sustaining commercial and recreational fisheries
    • Controlling non-native nuisance species
    • Reducing pollution
    • Stewardship involves both knowledge and action. Applicants that propose to focus on one to the exclusion of the other must describe a plan to collaborate with others to ensure that the goal of developing environmental stewards is addressed and achieved.
  • Promote environmental stewardship through direct experiences with natural resources.
    • Research indicates that direct experiences in the outdoors are powerful motivators for action.
    • Projects that engage people or groups that have historically lacked access to such experiences are especially encouraged, as are projects that build young people’s awareness of and capacity for careers focused on stewardship and natural resources.
  • Promote awareness of and access to existing Great Lakes stewardship education programs and resources.
    • Many education resources/materials exist, but some individuals and groups may not be aware of them or use them.
    • Through networking opportunities and dissemination activities (e.g., professional development programs, workshops, conferences), various audiences (e.g., teachers, non-formal educators, interested scientists) can learn about and access existing programs and resources.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations that are eligible to apply for GLFT grants include nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS (or a nongovernmental organization that holds charitable status in their country), as well as educational and governmental (including tribal) organizations.
  • There must be a clear connection between the specific goals of the project and the overall goal of this grant category:
    • to increase awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Great Lakes so that Michigan’s residents become:
      • active and effective stewards of the Great Lakes and
      • advocates for strategies that support the long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries.
  • Projects must focus on educating Michigan residents about the Great Lakes in a way that causes them to actively protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • Projects must have stewardship benefits primarily directed to the Lake Michigan basin of the Great Lakes.
    • Projects must provide clear and lasting benefit to the Great Lakes and their users. 
  • Some projects may involve residents of other Great Lakes states, in addition to those living in Michigan.
    • For those projects that do not involve residents of Michigan, the applicant must explain how the proposed effort will enhance stewardship throughout the Great Lakes basin, particularly Lake Michigan
  • Projects should complement and enhance (but not duplicate) existing stewardship efforts in the Great Lakes basin
  • Projects must involve sufficient support and collaboration of individuals and/or organizations.
  • Education projects targeting youth or teachers must contribute to Michigan's education reform efforts, even if the proposed efforts are not seated in formal education.


  • Priority will be given to projects focusing on Lake Michigan and its stewardship.


  • Projects must not duplicate ongoing activities in the region or activities funded by alternative sources. 
  • The GLFT will not provide funding for the following activities:
    • Projects that do not meet all of the funding criteria listed above.
    • Development of new or modification of existing Great Lakes curricula, unless a strong case can be made for the need for said curricula.