Overview of Great Lakes application-based funding opportunities for 2020-2021

The application submission period for funding under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative is now closed. Please contact us by email at ec.grandslacs-greatlakes.ec@canada.ca for more information.

Canada is funding partner-led projects that support actions to restore and protect Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health.

Preventing toxic and nuisance algae
Reducing releases of harmful chemicals Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues
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 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

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 organizations
  • 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
  • Municipalities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Not for profit organizations
  • For profit organizations
  • 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 contribute to directly eliminating identified “beneficial use impairments” through Remediation, Governance and/or Science:

Remediation

  • restoring degraded habitat
  • remediating contaminated sediment
  • reducing point and non-point pollution

Governance

  • coordinating interagency collaboration
  • facilitating stakeholder and Indigenous engagement
  • developing plans and strategies to implement remedial actions

Science

  • assessing status of beneficial use impairments against delisting targets
  • conducting science to direct 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 typically range from $25K to $150K
  • Multi-year projects eligible – up to 3 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
Geographic scope
Lake Erie drainage basin Great Lakes drainage basin Great Lakes drainage basin 14 Canadian Great Lakes AOCs

For more information, please visit the Funding for Great Lakes projects page.

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