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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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 (search on CFDA 10.664). Read on for more information.

Contact Us

Phillip Rodbell (GLRI@FS.FED.US) 610–577–4133
If you have questions regarding the types of projects or components that can be considered, please contact your respective Field Office Representative:

• New York:
Constance Carpenter, Durham Field Office Rep. 603–868–7694,

• Ohio and Pennsylvania:
Robert Lueckel, Morgantown Field Office Rep. 304–285–1540,

• Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana:
Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office Rep. 651–649–5276,


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

View more information about GLRI and read the latest action plan.

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

How to Apply

See the FY2016 GLRI RFP Instructions Document (12 pages) for complete instructions.

Submit all applications for this GLRI funding opportunity through Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2016-GLRI. has a full set of instructions on how organizations can apply for opportunities on its Web site.

Use to download the application package, instructions, and forms that are incorporated in the instructions, which allows you to work offline. recommends submitting your application package 24–48 hours before the closing date to give you time to correct any potential technical issues that disrupt your initial application submission.

You must complete several registration steps before you can submit your application. Please review the requirements for submitting an application and take steps early to be ready to submit your application by the June 21 deadline.

Registrations must be current and in place at the time you submit your application, including these:

• System for Award Management (SAM) registration
• Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration
• registration by an authorized official representative

A copy of the grant package is available on this Web page. Be sure to fill out the Project Narrative Supplement and all Federal forms. Other formats will not be accepted.

Applications no longer require the documented support of State Foresters. However, you are encouraged to work with your State forestry agency and research how your project fits into the goals and objectives of the State Forest Action Plan. View a list of State Foresters.

Complete application packages will include the following:

Required forms available through the application package:

SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
SF-424A Budget Information Nonconstruction
SF-424B Assurances, and Nonconstruction and Certification forms
Attachments Form (must be included in the application package in order to attach additional forms below).

Required forms available through the application package only if applicable:

• Submit SF-LLL for entities that do lobby
AD-3030 (Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants) if applicable (recipient will determine if form applies to them)

Required agency-specific forms to be submitted by uploading through the Attachments Form available through the application package:

Project Narrative Supplement Form, including detailed budget supporting the SF-424A
FS-1500-35 for entities that do not lobby (only if applicable)
AD-1047 (Certification Regarding Debarment and Suspension)
AD-1049 (Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace for all non-State entities) OR…AD-1052 (Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace for “State and State Agencies”)
• Project site location map as a PDF using the mapping tool and instructions provided
Three-year maintenance plan for planted trees (Note: You can use this template or your own form, whichever is most convenient).
• Statement of Key Personnel Qualifications for those who will be working on the proposal

Customer Support: provides customer support via toll-free number 800–518–4726 and email at For questions related to the specific grant opportunity, contact the number listed in the application package of the grant you are applying for.

Important Dates

Recording of May 5 webinar that discussed the RFP: purpose of the grant program areas, eligibility, and how to apply.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Applications must be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service through by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

September 2016 – U.S. Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding whether they have been selected as recipients

Additional Resources

Funded GLRI Projects for Reference

The Northeastern Area’s Making news Webinar targeted Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grantees to provide a framework for our partners to get the word out about the great work they do for the health of the Great Lakes. Though the Webinar focuses on the niche of GLRI grants and partners, the methods and many of the messages for garnering media interest apply to a diversity of successful urban forestry efforts.


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