Applications now open for Great Lakes Project funding

A view of the Great Lakes from space. By USEPA, via Wikimedia Commons.

Organizations working to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes and surrounding water systems can now apply for up to $25,000 in funding.

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate change is now accepting applications for the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. Not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2016.

A total of $1.5 million will be awarded through the fund this year. Successful applicants will receive up to $25,000 per project. Since 2012, $6 million has been awarded to 305 community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas, including the St. Lawrence River and the Ottawa River basins.

Successful projects must have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes. Past projects and activities supported include:

  • Planting native grasses and trees to protect the shores of the St. Clair River.
  • Creating rain gardens to reduce the effect of storm water along Toronto’s beaches.
  • Restoring wetland habitat along Lake Erie.
  • Controlling invasive species along the Ottawa River.
  • Cleaning up beaches or shorelines throughout Ontario.
  • Naturalizing stream banks and shorelines along the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.

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According to the MOECC, investing in watershed protection, nutrient run-off reduction and fighting climate change is part of the government’s economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs. Ontario’s Great Lakes Basin is home to 40% of Canada’s economic activity and 95% of Ontario’s agricultural land.

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