The Great Lakes Commission has announced the request for proposals (RFP) for the 2018 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program grant program. Funding for the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

For program year 2018, two grant options are being offered: watershed-scale projects and site-specific projects. Grants provided under this year’s program will focus on reducing sediment and phosphorus runoff into the Great Lakes through either the installation of long-term structural practices or implementation of nutrient management/”4R” type programs.

In NYS, Genesee River is identified as a high priority watershed under this program. The maximum request for each application will be capped at no more than $200,000. Applicants must be nonfederal units of government or incorporated nonprofit organizations. A 25% match will be required of each project. A total of $800,000 in project funding is available.

Applications are due by 6 p.m. on March 26 with final decisions anticipated in June 2018, and selected projects up to three years in duration beginning on Oct. 1. Please visit www.keepingitontheland.net for more information.

NYSDEC Great Lakes staff encourages applicants to review TMDL and/or 9 element plans to identify projects within high priority locations in NY’s Great Lakes watershed. These plans can be reviewed at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/93615.html

To discuss project proposals with Great Lakes program staff, email greatlakes@dec.ny.gov