Trash-Free Great Lakes Program Seeks To Clean Up Lake Litter
July 21, 2019 at 6:13 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an upcoming new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant program specifically focused on funding trash-free water projects in the Great Lakes. A number of Great Lakes communities can receive meaningful assistance in removing trash and litter from beaches, shorelines and waterways where cleanup projects are sorely needed.
Possible types of eligible projects include:
Great Lakes beach and shoreline cleanup projects.
Great Lakes harbor and river cleanup projects.
Great Lakes trash and litter prevention and education projects.
"Removing trash, litter and garbage - including plastics - from marine and freshwater environments is one of EPA's highest priorities," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "The Trash-Free Great Lakes Grant Program is intended to fund efforts by communities and other applicants to clean up beaches and waterways so that the Great Lakes watershed will continue to provide habitat for wildlife and drinking water and recreation for tens of millions of people."
EPA expects to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) in October to solicit applications from eligible entities for GLRI grants. Once the RFA is released, applicants will have approximately 45 days to respond to the RFA. EPA anticipates that approximately $2 million in total funding will be available, with a maximum grant amount of $500,000 per project. Up to 12 grants could be awarded, including two larger scale projects and 10 smaller scale projects.
Eligible entities will include state agencies, federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia, any agency or instrumentality of local governments, nonprofit organizations, interstate agencies, and colleges and universities.