Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program
Apply for Funding
For more than 30 years, the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program has provided grants to reduce nutrients and sediments entering the Great Lakes. This year’s program will focus on helping nonfederal units of government, tribes, or incorporated nonprofit organizations reduce phosphorus contributions to waters within the Great Lakes basin and other efforts to achieve measure of progress under the GLRI Action Plan III. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for sediment and nutrient reduction activities associated with one of three project types: 1) agricultural non-point; 2) stormwater; and 3) Great Lakes shoreline or streambanks.
The due date for applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 16, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the eight Great Lakes states. Final decisions on funded projects are anticipated in summer 2021. Selected projects would begin on October 1, 2021 (with potential for an earlier start) and may be up to three years in duration.
A webinar for applicants is offered on March 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern to discuss funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and ask questions of Great Lakes Commission staff. For more information, please contact Ken Gibbons, Program Specialist at [email protected] or 734-971-9135.
- Download and review the 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP).
- Download the Grant Application Template. Save the completed template on your computer as a .doc or .docx file. You will be prompted to upload your completed application file within the Web Application Form, below.
- Download Grant Application Summary & Insurance Certification. Save the completed and signed file as a PDF. You will be prompted to upload the file within the Web Application Form, below.
- Download the appropriate GLSNRP Budget Form. If your organization has a federally-approved Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), download the GLSNRP Budget Form – NICRA. Organizations that do not have a current NICRA should download the GLSNRP Budget Form – De Minimis Indirect. If you do not wish to claim indirect as a grant expense or match, download the GLSNRP Budget Form – No Indirect. Save the completed budget form on your computer as a .xls or .xlsx file. You will be prompted to upload your completed budget form (and any corresponding NICRA files) within the Web Application Form, below.
- Complete the Web Application Form and upload all required files. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided within the form for the Project Contact once your application has been submitted.
Additional Applicant Resources:
- Sample Grant Contract. Applicants selected to receive a grant award will be required to enter into a project contract with the Great Lakes Commission.
- HUC 12-Digit Code Lookup Tool
- Region 5 and STEPL Spreadsheet Models (for estimating particulate phosphorus reductions) and National Stormwater Calculator
If you have trouble uploading your proposal files or completing the Web Application Form, please contact Ken Gibbons at the Great Lakes Commission at [email protected], 734-971-9135.