Great Lakes Tree Planting Grant, Deadline June 21

The Forest Service announces that $3.7 million in new funds are available for tree planting in the Great Lakes basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through the June 21st deadline at

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

As one of the initiative’s 16 task force members, the Forest Service uses GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerate progress toward long-term restoration goals for this important ecosystem.

On September 24, 2014, the EPA released GLRI Action Plan II, a new action plan that guides Federal agencies in the protection of watershed resources through FY2019. Planned actions build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan with a major focus on these goals:

• Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
• Preventing and controlling invasive species
• Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
• Restoring habitat to protect native species

Program Areas

1) Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts: Restore tree canopy lost to infestation by emerald ash borer. Replace ash trees with non-host species in urban EAB quarantine areas to protect and restore biodiversity and water quality in targeted subwatersheds, and to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff (esp. phosphorus).
2) Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Protect and restore watersheds through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff on degraded sites on non-Federal lands.
3) Enhance Wetland Filtration: Plant native trees and diverse vegetation to restore the structure and function of coastal wetlands and lake-affected riparian areas.

Who May Apply

State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, academic partners, and municipalities

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Great Lakes Tree Planting Grant, Deadline June 21

Great Urban Parks Grant, Deadline Apr. 29

New grant! The purpose of this grant opportunity is to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure to positively affect environmental change in underserved low-income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase community engagement, connection to nature, and physical activity by community residents. The intention is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned for application by a wide range of communities.

This RFA will fund green infrastructure projects in parks that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  1. Increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via public parks in underserved low-income communities and communities of color
  2. Improved environmental quality and increased hazard mitigation by reducing flooding, improving the site’s ability to hold and retain stormwater, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing biodiversity
  3. A community engaged in improving environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions to stormwater management

It is anticipated that this RFA will fund grants between $350,000 and $575,000. The maximum grant amount that will be awarded to a single applicant is $575,000. Matching funds are not required. However, it is expected that this grant will supplement substantial secured funding necessary to complete the proposed project. The grant check will be distributed in full upon execution of a grant agreement. Limited technical advisory will be provided by the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Planning Association, and the Low Impact Development Center, Inc. Grantees will be required to plan and conduct ongoing evaluation to assess and demonstrate social and environmental outcomes. Applications are due by midnight (EDT) Friday, April 29, 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected for a grant by June 30, 2016.

* NRPA defines underserved communities as neighborhoods comprising a majority of individuals of color and/or living in poverty or near poverty.

Great Urban Parks Grant, Deadline Apr. 29

Rural Co-Op Grants, Deadline June 20

The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities.

Eligible Applicants:
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $5,800,000
Award Ceiling:     $200,000

There is a cost sharing requirement.

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Rural Co-Op Grants, Deadline June 20

Wetland Grants, Due May 13

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to build/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.   All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement.
Wetland mapping as part of a project to build or refine a state/tribal/local government program to research, investigate, experiment, train, demonstrate, survey, and study the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution is eligible for funding. Wetland mapping and monitoring projects are eligible for funding under this announcement as they are considered studies or investigations that build or refine state/tribal/local government programs.
Examples of anticipated outcomes from the assistance agreements to be awarded under this announcement include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased understanding of a wetland’s condition;
  • Increased understanding of wetland ecologic condition at population scales (i.e., state, tribal, or regional);
  • Improved wetland protection efforts; • Increased understanding of the impacts of climate change on wetlands;
  • Improved wetland inventories and baseline condition assessments to address climate change and sea level rise effects;
  • Improved data to use in modeling potential hydrologic change, ecosystem/biogeographic shifts, wetland losses, or wetland increases on the landscape;
  • Increased understanding of how to ensure “no net loss” in quality and quantity of wetlands in the CWA 404 or state/tribal regulatory program;
  • Increased quantity of wetlands; • Increased quality of wetlands;
  • Improved baseline information on wetland extent, condition and performance to inform effective adaptation to climate change; and
  • Increased understanding of and ecological success of wetland/stream compensatory mitigation.

States and tribes can apply under Track One or Track Two. Local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and eligible universities that are agencies of a state government can apply under Track Two only.  Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

Wetland Grants, Due May 13