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$3 Million in Grants Available for Restoring Healthy Habitats in the Great Lakes

NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $3M in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant funding for restoration projects in 2018. The Great Lakes are one of our most important natural resources—they are the largest freshwater system on earth—but they face many threats. This federal funding opportunity (FFO) is intended for habitat restoration in the Great Lakes region, supporting healthy ecosystems and resilient coastal communities in Great Lakes states. Special focus for this FFO are locations beyond the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) targeted in previous years. The closing date is March 12, 2018.

In 2018, approximately $3 million may be available to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial (for profit) organizations, and governments of  U.S. territories, states, and local municipalities, as well as Native American tribal governments. The amount of funding available for this FFO is subject to FY2018 budget appropriations.  

Priority will be given to projects that fulfill the following goals:

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If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact either Julie Sims ( or Jessica Berrio (

For more information about NOAA Habitat Restoration funding opportunities, visit NOAA Fisheries Funding Opportunities.