Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program

Please note, the 2023 grant application period will open February 23, 2023 and applications will be due on April 21, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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 two project types: 1) agricultural non-point; and 2) shoreline or streambanks.

The due date for applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 21, 2023. 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 2023. Selected projects would begin on October 1, 2023 (with potential for an earlier start) and may be up to four years in duration.

For more information, contact Connor Roessler at [email protected] or 734-396-6085.

Informational Webinar for Applicants

A webinar for applicants was held on March 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. EST to discuss funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and to ask questions of Great Lakes Commission staff. The webinar recording is now available. Applicants can also access the slides from the webinar here.

GLC staff have worked with colleagues at U.S. EPA to secure an additional webinar focused on use of EPA’s Pollutant Load Estimation Tool (PLET). Please come with questions regarding the PLET on April 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET for this “office hours” event. Register for the webinar in advance here

Application Instructions

  1. Download and review the 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP).
  2. 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.
  3. Download 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

If you have trouble uploading your proposal files or completing the Web Application Form, please contact Connor Roessler at the Great Lakes Commission at [email protected], 734-396-6085.