Lake Erie Protection Fund: Small Grants

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Next deadline: May 10, 2019

Later deadlines: Aug 3, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Allen County, Ashland County, Ashtabula County, Auglaize County, Crawford County Expand all

Location of residency: Ohio

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Small Grants are available to fund a wide variety of projects that provide a direct benefit to Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds in Ohio. The Lake Erie Protection Fund supports important research and on-the-ground grant projects. Projects focus on critical issues facing Lake Erie, including:

  • Water quality protection
  • Fisheries management
  • Wetlands restoration
  • Watershed planning
  • Invasive species
  • Algal bloom research
  • Lake Erie ecological shifts
  • Environmental measurements

LEPF focuses on projects which lead to better management decisions, both for environmental protection and economic development. Ideally, LEPF projects would serve to answer a management question, supplement a larger implementation or capital project, or complete final evaluations of a process or concept prior to seeking larger funding awards.

All projects should address at least one of the LEPR 13 Strategic Objectives:

  • Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Invasive Species
  • Coastal Health
  • Great Lakes Areas of Concern:
    • the Maumee
    • Black, Cuyahoga
    • Ashtabula Rivers
  • Toxic Pollutants
  • Habitat and Species
  • Indicators and Information
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water Withdrawals
  • Climate Change
  • Jobs and the Economy
  • Dredged Sediment Management

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


  • Government and non-profit entities are eligible to apply for funding through the LEPF.
  • Applicants must have a federal tax identification number to apply.
  • Applicants must be based in Ohio, although work may be contracted with outside entities as necessary.
  • Purchase of equipment must be essential to the project for funding to be approved.
    • Any request for permanent equipment must include an explanation of custody usage for the life of the equipment beyond the scope of the project.
    • Permanent equipment purchased through a grant will normally revert back to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission upon completion of the grant project unless grantee can demonstrate the need for the permanent equipment and ensure its continued safe custody and maintenance over its useful life.


  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of food, out of state travel, or attending conferences. 
  • Grant recipients who are serving solely in an administrative capacity and are transferring project funds to third parties, will not be allowed any overhead cost.
  • The Commission is not seeking applications for purely educational projects.