Great Lakes Restoration

To provide technical and financial assistance to implement the highest priority actions in order to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Priority actions are to: identify, protect, conserve, manage, enhance or restore habitat or species on both public and private lands within the Great Lakes

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Restoration, protection and enhancement of coastal and wetland habitat for migratory birds and nearshore aquatic species; Restoration of riverine habitats to improve aquatic habitat connectivity for fish and other aquatic organisms; Prevention, early detection and control of invasive species such as Asian carps; Restoration of native aquatic species, such as Lake Trout and Lake Sturgeon, to self-sustaining levels.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for FY18 funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that contribute to the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and species in the Great Lakes Basin.

Funded activities will directly address the goals and objectives identified in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II, www.glri.us.

Fiscal Year 2019: See FY18.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Please visit http://www.fws.gov/glri for appropriate Regional Office Great Lakes program contacts, or visit www.fws.gov/midwest.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
National Fish And Wildlife Foundation $ 9,461,649   2018-08-012022-09-30
Calvin College $ 210,000   2018-07-232022-09-15
Natural Resources, Ohio, Department Of $ 1,009,223   2018-07-012022-06-30
Natural Resources, Illinois Department Of $ 5,986,348   2018-12-012022-06-30
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 236,821   2018-05-012021-09-30
National Fish And Wildlife Foundation $ 4,125,239   2017-07-312021-09-30
Natural Resources, Ohio, Department Of $ 576,700   2017-08-032021-09-30
Natural Resources, Illinois Department Of $ 4,364,566   2017-12-012021-06-30
Springfield, Township Of $ 101,500   2018-08-092021-04-30
Natural Resources, Ohio Department Of $ 15,900   2018-10-012020-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: More than 50 competitive grants and cooperative agreements awarded to non-federal partners under various sub programs. Fiscal Year 2018: Projects not yet selected for funding. Programs anticipate continuing to fund projects to address aquatic invasive species, environmental contaminants and protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and their habitats in the Great Lakes. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Program-specific.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Program-specific.

Credentials/Documentation

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is program-specific.

Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections.

Some programs may require an environmental impact statement.

Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections.

Some programs may require an environmental impact statement.

Refer to Application Procedure (092) and Award Procedure (093) sections.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Program requirements are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs. More information on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative programs is available at http://www.fws.gov/glri/.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Anadromous Fish Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §757a; Bald Eagle Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. §668; Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§3951-3956; Federal Water Pollution Control Act-Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. §§1251-1387; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. §9601; Emergency Wetlands Resources Act - National Wetlands Inventory, 16 U.S.C. §3901 and §§3931-3932; Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §1531 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §2901 eet seq.; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §941; Great Lakes Fishery Act, 16 U.S.C. §931; Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C. §3376(b); Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. §703 et seq.; Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, 16 U.S.C. §§4701-4741; North American Wetlands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §4401 et seq.; Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §§3771-3774; and Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), Pub.L. 114-322, Sec. 5005.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Contact the USFWS Midwest Regional Office for program application deadlines.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Program requirements are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs. More information on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative programs is available at http://www.fws.gov/glri. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative places restrictions on the time permitted to spend the funds awarded. The Regional Office Contact Person can further explain the restrictions placed on the time period in which to fully expend the funds awarded under the project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Projects funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will have performance and financial reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions and announcement packages available on www.grants.gov and www.greatlakesrestoration.us.

At a minimum, the recipient is required to submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.

Projects funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will have additional performance reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions; and announcement packages available on www.grants.gov and www.greatlakesrestoration.us.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Cost records must be maintained separately for each awarded cooperative agreement. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of final financial and performance reports. If questions, such as those raised as the results of audits, remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until all matters are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $41,794,404; FY 18 est $42,140,933; and FY 19 est $42,140,933 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $41,794,404; FY18 $42,140,933; FY19 $42,140,933 FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Projects may range from $1,000 to $1,000,000, or greater.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/glri for appropriate Regional Office Great Lakes program contacts, or visit www.fws.gov/midwest.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: 202-208-6394 Fax: 202-208-4674

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Program criteria are specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs.




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