Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations: Habitat Protection and Restoration - Targeted Land and Capital Efforts

Great Lakes Fisheries Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 22, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, Lake County, Counties in Indiana: DeKalb County, Elkhart County, LaPorte County, Noble County, Steuben County, Counties in Michigan: Alger County, Allegan County, Antrim County, Baraga County, Barry County, Benzie County, Berrien County, Branch County, Calhoun County, Cass County, Charlevoix County, Clare County, Clinton County, Crawford County, Delta County, Dickinson County, Eaton County, Emmet County, Grand Traverse County, Gratiot County, Hillsdale County, Ingham County, Ionia County, Iron County, Jackson County, Kalamazoo County, Kalkaska County, Kent County, Lake County, Leelanau County, Livingston County, Luce County, Mackinac County, Manistee County, Marquette County, Mason County, Mecosta County, Menominee County, Missaukee County, Montcalm County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County, Oceana County, Osceola County, Otsego County, Ottawa County, Roscommon County, Schoolcraft County, Shiawassee County, St. Joseph County, Van Buren County, Washtenaw County, Wexford County, Counties in Wisconsin: Adams County, Brown County, Calumet County, Columbia County, Dodge County, Door County, Florence County, Fond du Lac County, Forest County, Green Lake County, Kenosha County, Kewaunee County, Langlade County, Manitowoc County, Marathon County, Marinette County, Marquette County, Milwaukee County, Oconto County, Oneida County, Outagamie County, Ozaukee County, Portage County, Racine County, Shawano County, Sheboygan County, Vilas County, Washington County, Waupaca County Other eligible locations: Michigan, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, Lake County, Counties in Indiana: DeKalb County, Elkhart County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Program Goal and Objective

The goal of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust Habitat Protection and Restoration grant category is to preserve essential habitat; protect, restore, and stabilize important fish habitats; and increase habitat availability. The GLFT pursues these efforts through direct investment in specific places with degraded or vulnerable habitat, as well as through collaborative efforts to develop next generation systems for classifying and documenting the status of fish habitat in the Great Lakes. Funding is distributed through a combination of funder-directed and competitive grants. In this RFP, targeted land and capital efforts including barrier removal projects, and field inventories that comprehensively identify barriers at the watershed scale, are emphasized.

Land acquisition, dam removal, fish passage, and other capital projects are highly resource intensive and, as a leading strategy, would quickly exhaust the resources of the GLFT. Therefore, the GLFT limits its direct investment in these projects to situations where the habitat opportunity is prime, other funders are contributing, long-term management is assured, and the proposed acquisition or restoration project has the strongest community support and interest.

Target Land and Capital Efforts (Including Barrier Removal Projects) Program Priorities

This grant program emphasizes on - the - ground, tangible projects to protect or restore habitat. The GLFT prefers to support projects that offer an increase in long - term, sustainable, natural reproduction for species now supported by hatchery production. Project benefits should be targeted toward salmonids and nonsal monid predator game species. Projects that offer secondary benefits — for example, improved sea lamprey management or protection of state - listed threatened or endangered species — may be supported at a greater funding level.

Supported efforts may include:
  • Protection, enhancement, and/or restoration of valuable Great Lakes fisheries habitat that supports the rehabilitation of lake trout, lake sturgeon, or other important Great Lakes fish populations
  • Restoration of Great Lakes wetlands
  • Removal of dams or barriers to restore fish passage (see Policy on Fish Passage and Other Dam Management Projects )
  • Targeted evaluations of the effectiveness of new or experimental approaches in habitat restoration and fish passage
  • Targeted acquisition of land or easements to protect essential habitat

In order to be considered for funding fee simple acquisitions/leases/easements or similar land - control costs, a project shall demonstrate, at a minimum, that it conforms with the GLFT’s Policy on Land Acquisition and that the proposed l nd purchase cost is an essential component in support of one of the activities described above

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  • Organizations that are eligible to apply for GLFT grants include nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, or nongovernmental organizations that hold charitable status in their country, as well as educational and governmental (including tribal) organizations.
  • The GLFT will only consider project sites located:
    • Within the Lake Michigan basin
    • In the state of Michigan within other Great Lakes basins (e.g., the Michigan shore of Lakes Erie, Huron, and Superior)


  • Projects with financial support from other sources are encouraged. 
      • Although matching funds are not required, proposals that include local funding and promote community participation in the use of fishery resources will be favored.
    • Priority will be given to projects focusing on Lake Michigan.