Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA)

Fiscal Year 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity Announced

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting Fiscal Year 2021 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The six goals of the Act are:

  1. Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
  2. Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
  3. Protecting, maintaining and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
  4. Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
  5. Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
  6. Protecting, managing and conserving migratory birds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources. The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Supported in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, we expect approximately $1.79 million to support projects this fiscal year.

The 2016 Reauthorization of the GLFWRA made some significant additions to allowable non-federal match as it relates to time period, land and conservation easements. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity F12AS00187 for details or contact Rick Westerhof at rick_westerhof@fws.gov or 231-282-2736.

Deadline for proposal submissions is Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST.