Funding for Great Lakes protection

The application submission period for funding under the restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern stream of the Great Lakes Protection Initiative is now closed.

Application guides for funding streams

  • Funding for restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern (closed for applications)
  • Funding for preventing toxic and nuisance algae (closed for applications)
  • Funding for reducing releases of harmful chemicals (closed for applications)
  • Funding for engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues (closed for applications)
  • Funding for increasing public engagement through citizen science (closed for applications)

Overview of funding streams

Preventing toxic and nuisance algae*   Reducing releases of harmful chemicals*   Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues* Increasing public engagement through citizen science* Restoring Areas of Concern
Program goal
       
To decrease loadings of phosphorus to Lake Erie from Canadian sources To reduce releases of Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMCs) to the Great Lakes from Canadian sources To increase Indigenous participation in decision making processes and actions to restore and protect Great Lakes water quality To increase Canadians’ knowledge of and engagement in addressing Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health issues To restore water quality and ecosystem health in Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)
Strategic objective for application-based funding             
Increase participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures by demonstrating innovative approaches and best management practices and promoting their broad uptake and application Increase participation in the application of beyond-compliance measures to reduce releases of CMCs by developing, implementing, assessing and promoting use of innovative approaches Enhance Indigenous capacity to address Great Lakes issues by implementing projects that engage Indigenous Peoples at the community level Enhance Canadians’ knowledge of and engagement in addressing Great Lakes issues through participation in citizen science Support action at the local level to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health by implementing projects identified in AOC Remedial Action Plans
Eligible recipients
       
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations or associations
  • Industry associations
  • Municipalities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Not for profit organizations
  • For profit organization
  • Research, academic and educational institutions
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations or associations
  • Industry associations
  • Municipalities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Not for profit organizations
  • For profit organizations
  • Research, academic and educational institution
     
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations, associations, boards, commissions or authorities
  • Indigenous individuals
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations or associations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Not for profit organizations
  • For profit organizations
  • Research, academic and educational institutions
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Indigenous communities or their governments
  • Indigenous organizations or associations
  • Municipalities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Not for profit organizations
  • For profit organization
  • Research, academic and educational institutions
Eligible project types
       
  • Implementing and evaluating innovative approaches or technologies to reduce phosphorus loads
  • Implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of Best Management Practices to reduce phosphorus loads
  • Increasing the extent of natural features (for example, wetlands) and/or enhancing their effectiveness in reducing phosphorus loads

    All projects must contain an outreach plan detailing how the project will promote broad uptake and application of the phosphorus reduction measures demonstrated

Demonstration and assessment of approaches that reduce releases of CMCs in the Great Lakes basin from Canadian sources, such as:

  • Enhanced life-cycle / end of life management
     
  • Great Lakes restoration, conservation or protection projects
  • Science related to Great Lakes issues
  • Creation of networks for Indigenous experts to share knowledge/experience
  • Projects building awareness of Great Lakes issues
     

Projects that:

  • Increase the number of people participating in Great Lakes citizen science
  • Engage citizens in a manner that increases their knowledge of Great Lakes issues
  • Collect and make available useful scientific in-formation

     
Projects that contribute to directly eliminating identified “beneficial use impairments” through Action, Engagement and/or Science:

Action

Implement remedial actions that result in environmental improvement in AOCs, including habitat rehabilitation, rural non-point source control, contaminated sediment remediation, municipal wastewater treatment, urban storm water/combined sewer overflow control

Engagement

Support strategic engagement with local communities for Remedial Action Plan work planning, implementation and decision-making towards restoring beneficial use impairments

Science

Conduct science and monitoring to assess the status of beneficial use impairments against delisting targets and inform remedial action planning and implementation
Funding details
       
  • Projects up to $300K
  • Multi-year projects eligible – up to 2 years

    While not a requirement, applications demonstrating other sources of financial and/or in-kind support will be scored favourably when evaluated on value for money
  • Projects up to $100K
  • Multi-year projects eligible – up to 2 years

    While not a requirement, applications demonstrating other sources of financial and/or in-kind support will be scored favourably when evaluated on value for money
  • Projects up to $100K
  • Multi-year projects eligible – up to 2 years

    While not a requirement, applications demonstrating other sources of financial and/or in-kind support will be scored favourably when evaluated on value for money
     
  • Projects up to $1.8M.
  • $40K mini-mum fund-ing request.

    While not a requirement, applications demonstrating other sources of financial and/or in-kind support will be scored favourably when evaluated on value for money
     
  • Projects typically range from $25K to $150K
  • Multi-year projects eligible

    While not a requirement, applications demonstrating other sources of financial and/or in-kind support will be scored favourably when evaluated on value for money
     
Geographic scope
       
Lake Erie drainage basin Great Lakes drainage basin Great Lakes drainage basin Great Lakes shorelines, near-shore and/or offshore areas 14 Canadian Great Lakes AOCs

*The preventing toxic and nuisance algae, reducing releases of harmful chemicals, engaging Indigenous Peoples in Great Lakes issues, and increasing public engagement through citizen science funding streams are fully subscribed.

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