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about Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their watersheds.
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Wisconsin´s Great Lakes from invasive species and pollution.
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critical Great Lakes habitat and lakeshore value.
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Contact information
For information on availability of grants, please contact:
Emily Punke
Office of Great Waters
608-267-7439

Great Lakes grant information

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of grants. Also see Great Lake’s Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding opportunities.

Funding opportunities for Great Lakes projects

U.S. EPA Great Lakes Program Office (GLNPO) [exit DNR]
A variety of grants are available through GLNPO. Visit their website and view current offerings to see what is available.

Coastal grants [exit DNR]
Approximately $1,500,000 is available through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) to enhance and restore coastal resources within the state’s coastal zone – all counties adjacent to Lakes Superior and Michigan, with their 820 miles of shoreline.

Great Lakes Basin Program for soil erosion and sediment control [exit DNR]
Grants for soil erosion and sediment control demonstration and technical assistance projects throughout the Great Lakes region.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grants [exit DNR]
There are a variety of grants through NFWF including some specific to the Great Lakes region.

Great Commission Mini-Grants [PDF exit DNR]
Great Lakes Emerging Champions mini-grant program provides funding to help small and medium sized communities improve water quality, manage stormwater and enhance community well-being.

DNR programs

Great Lakes Protection Fund [exit DNR]
The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes States. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Each year Wisconsin receives an allocation to fund state projects under the Wisconsin Great Lakes Restoration Strategy [PDF]. Wisconsin’s share of the Great Lakes Protection Fund varies from year to year depending on the performance of the endowment.

State Wildlife Grants Program [exit DNR]
Congress passed the State Wildlife Grants program in 2001 making federal dollars available to prevent species and habitats from becoming endangered.

Last revised: Tuesday June 06 2017