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The EPA is Accepting Applications For Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants

Date: 6/24/2019 - 7/12/2019

Type: Grants

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): US


The EPA will accept applications for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants until July 12. EPA expects to award a total of approximately $14 million for about 30 projects in five categories addressing excess nutrients and stormwater runoff.

This year, EPA is including a category to provide funding for innovative water quality trading projects. Approximately $1.5 million is available for four projects in this category which promotes cost-effective and market-based approaches to reducing excess nutrients to surface waters.

“EPA looks forward to collaborating with the Great Lakes states and agricultural communities on innovative water quality trading programs that deliver significant environmental results at a lower cost,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water David Ross.

Another $12.5 million is available to fund projects that target the following priorities:


  • Riparian restoration to reduce runoff to the Maumee River
  • Green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Manure management to reduce nutrient runoff from farms
  • Accelerating adoption of nutrient management through farmer-led outreach and education


“Reducing stormwater and nutrient runoff is a critical part of restoring the Great Lakes,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Cathy Stepp. “EPA is proud to offer GLRI funding for on-the-ground projects that will reduce runoff pollution and improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin.”

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