Lake Erie Protection Fund: Small Grants
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
Grant amount: Up to US $15,000
Next deadline: May 9, 2018
Later deadlines: Oct 20, 2018
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, Cuyahoga County, Defiance County, Erie County, Fulton County, Geauga County, Hancock County, Hardin County, Henry County, Huron County, Lake County, Lorain County, Lucas County, Marion County, Mercer County, Ottawa County, Paulding County, Portage County, Putnam County, Richland County, Sandusky County, Seneca County, Shelby County, Stark County, Summit County, Trumbull County, Van Wert County, Williams County, Wood County, Wyandot County Expand all
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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
- 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.
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