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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

2017 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that $3 million in new funds will be available for tree planting in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through the April 13, 2017, deadline at Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2017-GLRI. Read on for more information.

Contact Us

Phillip Rodbell, 610–557–4133, GLRI@FS.FED.US  
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 interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) targets improvements to address the most significant environmental problems within the Great Lakes Basin.

Through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Forest Service anticipates receiving funds to support competitive projects that implement strategic, priority actions within Forest Service authorities to restore, protect, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Successful projects will address invasive species, nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health, and coastal habitat restoration activities to improve water quality.

Anticipated funds will be distributed across three specific program areas described below. 
Award of grants is contingent on allocation of EPA funding.

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

Program Areas
1) Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts: Acres treated for tree canopy restoration with nonhost species in urban EAB quarantine areas to enhance and restore biodiversity and water quality.
2) Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of storm water runoff avoided from degraded sites through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
3) Enhance Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in planting native trees and vegetation to improve coastal wetland function.

Who May Apply

State agencies, Tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments.

How to Apply
See the FY 2017 GLRI RFA Instructions Document (8 pages) for complete instructions.

Submit all applications for this GLRI funding opportunity through Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2017-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 April 13 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 at under Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2017-GLRI. 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”)
Three-year maintenance plan for planted trees (Note: You can use this template or your own form, whichever is most convenient).
• Map showing target location(s) of work to be completed, including GPS coordinates.
• Statement of Key Personnel Qualifications for those who will be working on the proposal
• Letters of Support

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.

Selection Process

All proposals will undergo a preliminary review to dismiss incomplete or ineligible applications. A proposal review team consisting of staff from the U.S. Forest Service and State Forestry agencies will collaboratively review, evaluate, and prioritize project proposals. The review team will complete the review of proposals and develop a recommended ranking of projects. The recommended ranking will be submitted to the Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Director for approval. All applicants will be notified of the final selection or non-selection of their proposals.

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 13, 2017 - A Webinar was held to discuss the Request for Applications, purpose of the grant program areas, eligibility, and how to apply. View the Webinar.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 –Applications must be submitted through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern (10:59 p.m. Central).
  • July 2017 – The U.S. Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding their status as recipients. Project awards will be made after October 1, 2017, and are contingent on allocation of EPA funding.
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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